One of the bright minds that has come to the fore is Salman Khan. Two years ago he posted a few math tutorials on YouTube to help his cousins. The videos created a viral following, and now he is one of the leading faces working with school districts to innovate how math and science instruction is being administered in the classroom. I was excited to learn about the work that the Khan Academy is doing and believe that education will be in a better place if we continue in this direction of embracing new models for instruction.
You can read more about Khan and his academy in this recent Fast Company article.
Also, check out Salman Kahn's TED talk below. I think you will find it very interesting. — Kevin