Thank you Kate for linking Doshi's post on ALU, never heard of them before.
My Idea is for students to have an education that can improve the world. Most theories and hypothesis are flawed because the proponents are far from the reality on ground. I have met an engineer that cannot draw a straight line and in discussions turns every thing upside down but a very intelligent manager and knows how to get the best guy for a job. The management skill is a talent and this should have been recognised at school, guided and certified. Many people would have learnt a lot also from him. The education may not be aligned with interests and purpose but interests must be developed not necessarily as major.
The ALU model is close to my idea but there should be the normal course system for the major and may be the peer system for the skills and talents. Also for quality control there must be a method of getting the right lecturers for structure. If all talented and skilled persons are to lecture without certification then there will be issues in the end product since we are humans. The street and the academics I think are meeting in this ALU model but I see my idea in the form of an athlete coming to collect his/her trophy from four stairways at the same time.
For me though the bottom line is that our future education should solve the problems in the street-poverty, insecurity, militancy, bad governments, failed projects particularly in Africa.