From The Giver book, would Jonas be considered inadequate in our society?

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I think Jonas would be considered an intelligent, thoughtful young man in our society, but perhaps one that gives his teachers a headache because he actually dares to think for himself!  This is the thing that sets him apart in The Giver, and ultimately would have probably gotten him expelled or released from his community, had he not managed to take Gabriel and escape on his own.  Even the community Jonas lived in apparently valued his talents to some degree, having designated him to be the Receiver when he became a twelve; the Receiver was an important position with an enormous responsibility as the bearer of all society's memories.