Oh wow, so this article brings up things I've wondered about before, in terms of classroom management. I feel like someone I know might have previously shared an article somewhere about how our educational system is designed to squelch creativity because of its disruptive effect on planned curricula, and sorry for not remembering who or giving credit, but that is where the argument in the essay described below resonates with me.
Primary/Secondary(/Post-secondary?) teachers seem condemned to try to limit the agency/independence of their students. The "there will be no keeping him" sentiment -- we must all have encountered students (as students ourselves or as educators) who are smart enough to really make the material their own and to try to stretch the boundaries of the assignments and lessons and courses that are provided to them, and the systems we have often do not reward that instinct. Those students get penalized for failing to follow instructions, or they get removed from the system because they are interfering with the ability of others to learn (or, at least, to proceed in an orderly fashion from one achievement to the next).
Are there better ways? How do we reward people for independent thought and action while acknowledging that, on a practical level, education is bound to a goal-directed system and, at least as it stands, requires cooperation among students and teachers to accomplish those goals?