This is something that I just got around to reading, and if you care about education, literacy, education or just plain knowing how to write, read it and tell me that these people aren't on to something.
Being able to perform the mechanics of the language are one thing; you can hammer people into shape over time. But being able to analyze and interpret information is another skill entirely. Focus on teaching people that skill, and then all the rest falls into place.
But don't take my word for it. Read the article and see how this is manifesting itself through this change in direction and philosophy. It doesn't solve every problem, but it resets the basis for talking about why education fails so very often in this country.