Thank you, Lindsey! I am excited :) And I totally agree that we have so much to learn from kids, and that is something I look forward to in this more liberated setting.
That's great that you have an appreciation for kids and their creativity, and I hope that's something you will continue to encourage and inspire in the kids around you. It doesn't have to be in any professional/formal setting, but I really believe that so many young people are just looking for someone to listen to and believe in them.
By the way, I came across this excellent article about education reform that I think addresses some of the major issues: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/01/the-single-best-idea-for-reforming-k-12-education/
However, at the end of the day, I'm not sure if I would be an avid supporter of reforming the system as much as imagining what new possibilities regular folks can create.