After years of being involved in educational system, I came to this believe that the educational system is designed to suppress creativity. One of the most important aspects of creativity is that it depends on one particular person physical, mental, and societal characteristics. So, it is something that one could and would do while someone else might do it in other way. So to speak, the particular creativity is not transferable among people (it is like finger print).
On the other hand, once you are designing a system, you cannot afford to respect diversity. This is the downside of every system, that is, it has to consider every of members of society indistinguishable from one another in making laws. The foundations of any system is based on something in common in most people or something that should be enforced, anyway. The education system is no exception in this regard. It is designed to deliver some basic materials necessary to do some tasks in a given time. It does not depend on any of students characteristics, and it does not care about those features at all.
To my understandings, the educational system is designed the same way as the highway traffic system. The speed limit, and the deriving rules, are designed in a way that is independent of the type of particular vehicle. This may have some justifications for cars, but for human and particularly education of human being, I don’t think so.
Educational system is not optimized to teach every students how to enrich their abilities and talents, but, it is completely the other way around. It is based on society needs and characteristics. There are some tasks in the society needs to be done, and someone should do it, so educational system is optimized so that it can train enough number of people to do those tasks. To support my words, I encourage you to read UC Berkeley mission statement as one example. So, educational system is designed in a way to uniformize all the students, however, make sure that they receive some minimum education set by some standards. There is no more into it.
I should further mention that this problem resists to stay even in the graduate education system. Even there, usually PhD projects are defined before the students arrival, and basically, the nature of project defined for students does not depend on the students abilities, as it depends on the funding and possibly the job market.
Furthermore, usually the laws of any particular system are enforced below the average response, since after all this law should be respected by everybody not matter what. So, even within this education system, it slows down the fast-paced students. For fast-paced students it is like deriving a Porsche in Canadian highways, where still you can not go faster than 100 km/hr legally.
The conclusion is that if you are different, and if you can understand materials quickly, basically the educational system does not work well for you. The longer you stay in the system the more you learn to forget your own features and replace it with what you have been thought. It is no accident, it is designed this way. This problem is more obvious by looking at the grading system, where all the students actions boils down to a number, independent of how students have done it! (For example, you can solve a mathematical problem in the most ingenuous way, and receive the same mark as someone who has done it in the most doll way.)
I should mention that there are people in academia who remained creative, and people often use some of their creativity in solving problems, but my point is that the educational system is not based on students creativity. To be honest, I think if we want to have a central educational system, this is the price we have to pay (I keep open the possibility of not having central educational system).
I do believe that for higher education (especially PhD programs) it is possible to define students-depend type educational path. So the job of university and the corresponding advisor should be understanding students abilities, and then mutually define a project suitable for him/her, and then recommend him to surpass his abilities through the project (usually it is the other way around, i.e., there is a defined project and faculty members are looking for someone to do it).
At the end, I encourage you all to view the following TED talks on the education :