(I wonder if accelerated learning methods, such as those written in books would help.)The system needs to undergo a transformation to make students more included/involved in a less structured system. Models such as Summerhill, Sudbury Valley, Free schools, Democratic schools, or even unschooling/natural learning/autodidactism. Looking at international education models can also provide insight. Schools should provide the necessary resources to help students blaze their own career paths, guiding them toward possibilities in their interests early on. Basics would be covered when needed. Classes would be multi-interdisciplinary, extending to life applications. An account of an American high school study abroad student at a Scandanavian system stated that the Scandanavian system was more free. There was almost no homework, no tests so students could focus on other important issues in life. Classes were interdisciplinary and discussions were led by both students and professors/teachers. Higher education can use some reform too.
I made some webpages on alternative learning.