Harold also makes a good point: “education won’t change until how we work changes”
The Carnegie model needs to die off already. We no longer farm, we no longer are connected to many things that matter, having built unhealthy and unsustainable work cultures.
While reading your post and the comments, I thought of Edward Murrow: “Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.”
I agree the free-agent model may indeed be a part of the solution, which would require us to get hungry again, hungry for change instead of averse to it.
All of our current innovations began with someone saying “yes” to the risk or slight chance each might be true and plausible. Once we start saying “yes” to risk and to the world, sometimes they say “yes” back.
Cheers to that.