Here are two books that I highly recommend. Greg Mortison's "Three Cups of Tea" and how he is transforming education in Afghanistan, one cup of tea at a time.
Also, John Taylor Gatto. He's an influencial writer and watch some of his interviews / videos to get an idea of the man. Former teacher of the year, he is now "on the outside looking in" and sees school as the real problem and an outdated industrial phenomena. Always interesting reading and thoughts.