If someone is docile, he is easily taught or handled. If you suddenly became a trouble-maker in class, your teachers would long for the days when you were sweet and docile.

Docile comes from Latin root for teaching, docere, so someone docile is easy to teach. A docile student is willing to be taught. A docile animal is easy to handle. If you behave well and do what people tell you to do, you're a docile person. Docile might be a word of praise, but it can also be a criticism of someone for being overly submissive. Some synonyms are amenable and compliant.

Definitions of docile
  1. adjective
    easily handled or managed
    “a gentle old horse, docile and obedient”
    synonyms: gentle
    tame, tamed
    brought from wildness into a domesticated state
  2. adjective
    willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
    meek, tame
    very docile
    sheepish, sheeplike
    like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity
    inclined to yield to argument or influence or control
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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    obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
    not making concessions
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    bloody-minded, cantankerous
    stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
    bolshy, stroppy
    bullet-headed, bullheaded, pigheaded
    impossibly stubborn
    dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding
    stubbornly unyielding
    contrarious, cross-grained
    difficult to deal with
    devoting full strength and concentrated attention to
    hardheaded, mulish
    unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
    haughtily stubborn
    strong-minded, strong-willed
    having a determined will
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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  3. adjective
    ready and willing to be taught
    docile pupils eager for instruction”
    synonyms: educable, teachable
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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