How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent | Eddy Zhong | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

  • Опубликовано: 6 фев 2015
  • Eddy Zhong, successful technology entrepreneur, dives into the truth behind our K-12 education system. Eddy strongly believes that the education system diminishes creativity and confines children to a certain path towards success. He contends that kids are taught to believe college is a necessary step in life and that it is mandatory to achieve one's goals. His talk challenges the commonly held beliefs of our entire education structure. Eddy is the founder of Leangap, a summer program that helps high school students start their own companies
    Eddy is an aspiring technology entrepreneur and the founder of Blanc, a smart-watch company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His ideas have been featured in numerous publications and he is passionate about empowering youth to think differently. Eddy is the founder of Leangap, a summer program that helps high school students start their own companies
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 12 952

  • it's gaming bro music and vlogsss

    I learned more on RU-clip and virtual reality more than school

  • ally.
    ally. 2 часа назад

    the only thing stopping me from learning is my own education.

  • Political Gamer
    Political Gamer 5 часов назад

    2:03 *contemplates life*

  • hi there
    hi there 7 часов назад +1

    Professional Call of Duty player my man

  • TheLegend275_
    TheLegend275_ 7 часов назад

    Fun fact, school is a cause of death.Suicide can be caused by many things stress,bullying or other things and stress is caused by school and lots of bullies at school

  • Erik Tong Studios
    Erik Tong Studios 7 часов назад +1

    Go homeschooling!

  • Madison Elaine
    Madison Elaine 8 часов назад +1

    “No one has ever changed the world by doing what the world tells them to do”

  • Gerard Glancy
    Gerard Glancy 16 часов назад

    Life put into words.....
    Pride, talent, love, compassion, humour, strength, happiness, feelings all comes from fighting for the best....jealousy, shame, guilt, anger, pervesion and most importantly blame all come from weakness.

  • [NoVa] Dirt Disrespector
    [NoVa] Dirt Disrespector 19 часов назад +1

    "No-one has ever changed the world by doing what the world has told them to do." Powerful words, I live by that.

  • Frostburn Spirit
    Frostburn Spirit День назад

    I haven't watched it yet but there are four simple answers:
    1 you don't get the same work environment at real jobs like severely limiting freedom
    2 you waste time you could spend on actually learning
    3 learns us that effort is the goal and outcome doesn't matter
    4 doesn't count for people already knowing anything so you just have to learn things over and over again

    School is just for obedient unintelligent extroverts the government wants to be able to control.

  • Super Gamer Zack
    Super Gamer Zack День назад

    Ur correct it is making students dummer

  • Aesthetic Sunflower
    Aesthetic Sunflower День назад

    Actually, the boys and some girls in my school actually font want to learn,yes,some teachers dont understand me or my friends but the student who are the ones actually dont want to learn, i feel
    Motivated but the noise from the boys made me not concetrate and i get middle marks for my test

  • Jose  Portela
    Jose Portela День назад

    Mr. Zhong case is unique, it can not be applied to normal students. The school works with the ordinary citizen, not with exceptional persons. Einsten, Jobs, did not adapt well to the School. However, Gates and Zuckerberg did.

  • Aleena Saqib
    Aleena Saqib День назад

    The audience is laughing at the joke he makes, and the camera pans in on the dude sitting there with a pissed face and that too for a solid five seconds....awesome.

  • Numair
    Numair День назад

    I learned English from RU-clip

  • Legende Drache
    Legende Drache 2 дня назад

    Oh I already knew that XD The school is all about learning all the answer and then forgetting them again. And with all the homework you don't even have the time to stuff yourself is interested in, so you stop taking interest in other activity and focus on school. Because, well everybody tolds you it's important. but I think the truth is that not school grades make you a better worker, your creativity and your outgoing knowledge does. (I'm from
    germany btw)

  • UnityDog Gaming
    UnityDog Gaming 2 дня назад

    its been 4 years and 13 days and you would think that school changes
    but no
    you learn what you need to become a mechanic
    and then you learn what you need to mathematically break a quark into two parts
    now you can start your job as a youtuber

  • Jack Hughes
    Jack Hughes 2 дня назад

    Y are Asian people so smart

  • dadodado dadadadodo do
    dadodado dadadadodo do 2 дня назад

    2:03 he mad

  • RossLovesDisney/California
    RossLovesDisney/California 2 дня назад

    The bathroom thing is the most hilarious. Our locks won’t even work. (Some don’t even have a lock anymore) There’s 3,200+ students and 3 restrooms. We have 10 minutes breaks. 4 stalls in each. So it takes 2-3minutes for 1 students to do... you know what. The last kid is 10 people behind. So let’s see, after 5 more kids go the last kid will have waited by that point 15 minutes and uh-oh, you’re now late!! Such a screwed up system!!! Then the teachers have their own clean bathrooms where the doors lock.
    Oh and let’s not forget when they close one entire restroom for 7 days!!
    Meanwhile a fricking THEME PARK COMPANY LIKE DISNEY HAS MILLIONS IG PEOPLE COME IN TO THEIR THEME PARK and their restrooms is *ALWAYS* spotless.

  • Malachi Malone
    Malachi Malone 2 дня назад

    They get paid while we sit

  • Malachi Malone
    Malachi Malone 2 дня назад

    I been homeschool..

  • Luminite
    Luminite 3 дня назад +1

    School is a lie

  • vulture cyclops
    vulture cyclops 3 дня назад

    Parents make the entire matter even worse

  • thotslayer64
    thotslayer64 3 дня назад

    This isnt completely true. I mean, yes, school system is indeed broken and it can improve. But, have any of you got any idea to improve the system, and have everyone benefit from it? I mean, you cannot make the school in which you have no homework. Get used to it, one day you will spend twice as time every day for your job, comparing it to the school time. I am a student as most of the comment section is. But you need to be certain, some things will not change, and that is how society works.

  • Anak Yoongi
    Anak Yoongi 4 дня назад

    School make us more intelligent in Studying. Not thinking. My friend always top 5 every exam.. but he is bad in open thinking

  • I know you are right, And I just got owned but:

    Learning math is the most important subject at any school. Students with think that solving equations is useless in life and you’ll never use it again. But learning math is the fundamental building block of PROBLEM SOLVING. Math teaches you how to problem solve, look for patterns, diagnose and think critically. How applicable is that in real life and in any profession? The answer is totally applicable. And if you can learn equations in math, then youre setwhen you build spreadsheets for the corporation you work for for payroll, or other data needs. You have the understanding for building a building and needing to figure out square footage of a floor, or how to run through a diagnostic path to fix a car. The problem is, is that teachers do not convey this importance to students and they too are not creative. Thus making it not interesting for kids.

  • William Will
    William Will 4 дня назад

    Chh *take breath*

  • SlySean44
    SlySean44 5 дней назад

    Teacher: today your gonna learn fractions!
    Me: why do I need fractions?
    Teacher: to know how much pie to cut.
    Me: or I can just count.

  • SlySean44
    SlySean44 5 дней назад

    Liked just for the title!

  • Andrew Zheng
    Andrew Zheng 5 дней назад

    How old is this guy? he looks like 16

  • Andrew Zheng
    Andrew Zheng 5 дней назад +1

    Video starts at 6:00.

  • Stikrzz
    Stikrzz 5 дней назад +1

    Why don’t my teachers play this video of TED instead of others

  • Jean Edouard
    Jean Edouard 5 дней назад

    Plus America is nothing compared to other countries Education system. Countries in Africa, and the UK, are incredibly smarter.

  • Jean Edouard
    Jean Edouard 5 дней назад +1

    You spend all your life in school. School does make you smarter and sets your career up if u want to go into college. It tells you what the real world would feel like. Keep a stable grade and do what you have to do, to succeed.

    MAD GAMER 5 дней назад +2

    I learn more from video games movies songs than school

  • lobster 995
    lobster 995 6 дней назад

    i like how they are "preparing us for the future" yet everything has changed so much but the schools have been the same for almost 200 years. still teaching the same way they taught people how to work in factories, in fact that was what school was for to teach people how to work in factories and now we still use this today.

    Watch Prince Ea's video I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM !!!
    he goes way more in depth.

  • Moosa Syed
    Moosa Syed 6 дней назад +1

    I agree I have never been to school onece and I am very ejimekated good

  • inXsights
    inXsights 6 дней назад

    robot society

  • laba luba
    laba luba 6 дней назад

    This problem is even within Russian educational system. You see, I'm going to graduate this year and I learned much more things on the Internet rather than at school which is kinda like a jail with its own way of things going on. And that frightens me. School which is meant to educate makes us literally less smart and curious. And boy oh boy, this dude is absolutely right about his point of view and it's great that we have people like him.
    P.S. Sorry if I made some mistakes in spelling, it's because I'm from Russia

  • Onur Sahin
    Onur Sahin 6 дней назад +1

    I mean, we watch these videos, Agree with it but dont or cant do anything about it. That is the problem

  • Mariane Silveira
    Mariane Silveira 6 дней назад

    "No one has ever changed the world by doing what the world has told them to do".

  • GioGio Giovana
    GioGio Giovana 6 дней назад

    Heck i wasted 14 years of my life learning like my life depended on it
    I forgot everything

  • Stranger Things
    Stranger Things 7 дней назад

    I like this guy.

  • Carlos Darrull II
    Carlos Darrull II 7 дней назад +1

    And the school system wonders why kids are deppresed in high school

  • DeathOponImpact
    DeathOponImpact 7 дней назад

    Kid: goes to school gets 100-90 grades. Asks teacher how to pay bills. teacher:5x8. Kid goes to college becomes a lawyer buys a nice house gets evicted in 2 months because he don't know how to pay bills. Moral school teaches us stuff we don't even use half the time

  • Jay Kabembo Maishal
    Jay Kabembo Maishal 7 дней назад

    My iPhone 7 is my real teacher

  • Frank wo1fer
    Frank wo1fer 7 дней назад

    What kind of company does he own?

  • Rahul Saw
    Rahul Saw 7 дней назад

    It's actually happening globally.
    Gen X is denying the previously formed education system.

  • BOBBY Hernandez
    BOBBY Hernandez 8 дней назад

    I wish we could learn what we actually want like if we pursued one career for all of high school

  • packpullin97
    packpullin97 8 дней назад

    Al Bundy would disagree with this kid!

  • packpullin97
    packpullin97 8 дней назад


  • Dat Potato Boi
    Dat Potato Boi 8 дней назад

    One of schools biggest problems is kids interacting. Almost every student does things to not be spotted out as different. Have you noticed? When you walk in a middle school, everybody hides their emotions. Everybody has a frown, unless they are talking. I know a mentally ill kid, and so many people annoy him every day by saying the same phrase over and over. Because its funny and popular and cool for them. A second problem is general stress. During school you are taught useless things. I talked to my wisest teacher, and its so that we are known to be able to learn things. What we are learning is not important, in a nutshell. So we learn useless stuff. We have to wake up early and go to school for 8 hours day. Sounds like a office worker, huh? And school teaches us to obey. The only time you do not have to obey is in my language arts class. She makes us think ourselves. Its one of the hardest classes for me, and is gifted language arts. That's all students need to be "gifted". Kids are only in regular classes for two reasons: They have no resources (Lots of homeless kids go to school and nobody knows) and because of them. Not how smart they are, how they interact. Regular students just talk and play. Why? Friends are the most important thing. I used to be social in school. But I dropped it, and I still talk but not too much. My grades are higher. Go to school ONLY TO LEARN, not socialize. I only go to school because its legally required.

  • Simple 1i
    Simple 1i 8 дней назад +1

    This type of idealistic ideology is absolutely poisonous ...

    ... for a prosperous and intelligent humanity.

  • Josephine’s World
    Josephine’s World 8 дней назад +2

    Who disliked this...
    Probably the teachers!🙄

  • Taha Abbady
    Taha Abbady 8 дней назад +1

    Still, school is a boost in life. With a diploma it could get you all around every corners, and you have much of a chance. Now what do you think of this? It's more grey than a bunch of letters, but it is the truth. If you want to build up your life seperate from schooo, you either do it in your free time or literally just do it. School is 12 to 16 years of decoding our internal program in order to activate us as robots for society. The reason why this works so succesfull, is because we get a job we like. People, think outside of the world. Break your mind, break logic if needed, as long as your consciousness remains. Think of who you are yourself if you don't want to be a robot. Your taste in music, clothes, food, anything that counts as a fragment for the yet to build up art you can be. I stay in school, I'm gonna do my best for a diploma and eventually get a job. Still I'm gonna bring my mind outside of the world and show the world stories and fictional characters instead of shoes. What this guy said at the end is true. We didn't change the world with us telling us what to do. School (our entire system actuall, but to keep it short) is a cursed spell, and logic, intellect, wisdom, these things are it's biggest threat. What are you going to do? Take a break and watch memes, or start writing a story of the drawings you made as a 5-year old in a google docx, and prove yourself that you shouldn't waste your mind? I am doing the 2nd choice, and I actually suceeded writing around 300 chapters in total of different stories combined. Memories you have, you mind does have a trashbin, but not one that gets cleanished out. You be you to the fullest in any way you can, and you won't be depressed.

  • Gia Gacha
    Gia Gacha 8 дней назад

    I don't like history and geography, they're hard
    _(Countryhumans and countryballs: (exists))_
    Oh boi I love history and geography

  • Gavrilo Kljajevic
    Gavrilo Kljajevic 9 дней назад

    This boy just told what 1 of every 3 people would say. And he is here just because a letter came to him from nowhere. He does not show high intellegence by telling this, He just got lucky. Let me tell you something, stay in school and learn only subjects that you are interested in.

  • George Madden
    George Madden 9 дней назад

    I have learned 20 times more things from RU-clip than school.

  • YoYo Chowdhury
    YoYo Chowdhury 9 дней назад

    2:02 why does he look so offended

  • Ben Kinzy
    Ben Kinzy 9 дней назад

    2:00 that guys face

  • River Aura
    River Aura 9 дней назад

    It's called hormones not school

  • Justin Y.’s Evil Twin
    Justin Y.’s Evil Twin 9 дней назад +1

    I’ve learned more on RU-clip than school ever taught me

  • puro
    puro 9 дней назад

    FINLAND provides the greatest education to your son

  • NecroDrake
    NecroDrake 10 дней назад

    Nice presentation but no proof/citation, maybe this kid is just smart like wut

  • Brenda Hendy
    Brenda Hendy 10 дней назад

    School is a waist of my time like I want to spend time with my family but no I have to go to school and I only have Saturday and Sunday like wtfffff

  • jjprs 306
    jjprs 306 10 дней назад +2

    oh well, better get my popcorn

  • Crysaw
    Crysaw 10 дней назад


  • Crysaw
    Crysaw 10 дней назад

    i want to be a pro gamer hows school gonna help me? school focuses on people who want to have common jobs like doctors or business people theres no diversity in school! school isnt for everyone! people cant achieve there true dreams because school always gets in the way

  • Demonetized Fazbear
    Demonetized Fazbear 11 дней назад

    Me at 3am watching vids about college being bad for teens/young adults being in 100s and thousands of dollars in debt

  • xxhalogamer22xx
    xxhalogamer22xx 11 дней назад

    I learn more from RU-clip than school. When do we need to write stories in real life? I'm not gonna be an author.
    When will we need to use calculas in real life?
    Why do we need to memorize the periodic table?

  • Jordan Miller
    Jordan Miller 11 дней назад

    Welp showin this to my prinsibale

  • The Weird One
    The Weird One 11 дней назад

    2.1 dislikes are from people that tell teaches what to teach

  • DarthTeehee
    DarthTeehee 11 дней назад

    That is a really good quote "a man who has changed the world, did not do what the world told him to do"

  • Bravo Agar
    Bravo Agar 12 дней назад

    I’ve learned more from yt than school I swear omfg!!!

  • Greg A Gamer
    Greg A Gamer 12 дней назад

    So you guys are acting you cant do better rhings after school?

  • Platinum_Panzer
    Platinum_Panzer 12 дней назад

    Not to mention the teachers with no passion. How are students supposed to be engaged if the teachers aren't.

  • Xquiincy
    Xquiincy 12 дней назад

    Goddamn! 👍👍👍

  • Nguyen Cong Nguyen
    Nguyen Cong Nguyen 12 дней назад

    What this guys say only applies to certain individuals. In reality, those with a college degree are still more likely to have higher income than those who don't.

  • Lil' Suga
    Lil' Suga 12 дней назад

    And here am I who has so many tests to take watching this

  • Buzzzyboy Buzzzyboy
    Buzzzyboy Buzzzyboy 12 дней назад

    *my teacher has left the chat*

  • Claudia Navarro
    Claudia Navarro 12 дней назад


  • nonbeliever101 siege
    nonbeliever101 siege 12 дней назад

    Hey is it okay if I'm bad at math? I can count no problem i can do +×-÷ no problem.. i literally have zero knowledge on the other parts of math.. like calculus / percentage etc etc.. i know that i can be good in some of them if i learn.. but i don't want to.. is it okay? Like is it bad for me not knowing simple math? This me genuinely asking. Been wondering for years.. I'm 23 now.. and thinking to go to college.. but I'm afraid that my math problem gonna be a huge roadblock for me..

  • nonbeliever101 siege
    nonbeliever101 siege 12 дней назад

    I got a university ad after clicking the video.. hmm

  • Caleb Schieck
    Caleb Schieck 12 дней назад

    You tell em

  • amulya bapatla
    amulya bapatla 12 дней назад

    Schools reduce the child's capability to criticize and rebel. They seek obedience, discipline out of fear and kill creativity. Today schools are boxes of rote learning.
    Schools are BS and redundant, hope for people who want to make money.
    We need to destroy all these social structures, worth nothing.

  • Alexandre Chaumet
    Alexandre Chaumet 12 дней назад

    *Learns English while watching videos on the internet*
    "Well you have a living proof right there"

  • Geetanshu Gogia
    Geetanshu Gogia 12 дней назад +3

    School is like working in a factory or staying in prison... Every 8 hours we are told what to do, how to do... And given a short break. Raise your hand if you wanna speak or go to the restroom. This is outlandish!

    JAMIN 13 дней назад +1

    I have always loved learning and I'm in 8th grade. I have ways been smart (learning to multiply and divided in preschool) but when I went to kidnigarden I forgot all that. Now I am spending most of my time playing games and learning on my own online at home. Every year I have gotten the best scores in my grade (except English), And I learn almost nothing at school anymore. I mostly view school as a 7h waste of my time despite loving to learn.

    • JAMIN
      JAMIN 13 дней назад +1

      I just realized I changed what its about half way through :\

  • Lydia Zhou
    Lydia Zhou 13 дней назад

    wonderful message, I could not agree with this anymore. Thank you eddy

  • Max Huang
    Max Huang 13 дней назад +1

    Chinese high school students study from 6:30 in the morning till 11 at night.17 hours a day and 7 days for a week, for what they might never use in the future and the admission to college. When they get into college, a lot of them sleep until 12 at noon every day and ask roommates to bring food back. I think that's one of the main reasons why China is still not very developed.

  • Salmex Llc
    Salmex Llc 13 дней назад

    I hate when teachers say "act like ( year olds")* it bothers me and in facr they probably act even worse

  • DarthTeehee
    DarthTeehee 13 дней назад

    I have learned more from the internet than in school. The school system is a joke

  • DarthTeehee
    DarthTeehee 13 дней назад +1

    I always had something against the education system even though I got decent grades, this guy really expresses what i feel

  • crack tar
    crack tar 13 дней назад

    at least, u'll be well disciplined. Its good to be intelligent when u know how to respect, and that is the problem when u are. You cannot build a man from who they are not. Teacher's actually just guide them from what they want to do, not force fed them from what educational system reprimands.

  • LiftedLegend
    LiftedLegend 13 дней назад

    I wouldn't be a high school dropout if the schools teaches us to expand upon our creativity, problem with schools is that kids are learning things they don't want to learn. School can be important, but if it's always the same routine, like Eddy said, schools creates employees, not geniuses. This is why the majority of the population don't think outside the box, are there some exceptions, obviously, but it's only a few. I realized that school was useless for me in middle school because it really didn't have the courses on how to expand my knowledge on the beauty of being a creative thinker and hence the saying "think outside the box". C students are the bosses and it clearly shows that the A and B are the ones with the 9-5 jobs. D students end up in construction, I mean construction is really important for our world and without these people, there wouldn't be to many buildings/houses, it would be in a really slow progress. Some construction jobs allows for the creative mind to work without stress. Are there other jobs that allow you to do so the same, yeah, but it's not that many. If the creative mind was allowed to express themselves more freely in school, I wouldn't doubt that the progress of our world would be much faster in a sense that, the more we move on further in the year, the more the creative thinkers are born, everyone is creative. School just hinges on that spectrum of the Intelligence and makes people be afraid to think outside the box.

  • Sean Pierce
    Sean Pierce 13 дней назад

    I have had almost 25 tests in two months. Have been yelled at for not wearing my school ID. And also had homework everyday of the week including weekends all year. On average I get 3-5 hours of sleep a night. So I guess you can say I’m doing good

  • Fluff Ball
    Fluff Ball 13 дней назад

    Now I understand why I was smarter when I was seven years old🤯

  • the l33t hamm3rbro
    the l33t hamm3rbro 13 дней назад

    Me in math class: Puts a rotated axial system on a random spot on top of another axial system and tried to convert coordinates from one system to the other because the problem we discuss in class is too boring for anyone to pay attention to.
    Teacher: Dont think about what you're taught!

  • Hayden Nagele
    Hayden Nagele 13 дней назад

    School is a programming to be more like robots, it is outdated. It was developed for factory workers, so we would be mind numbed to obey and not think on our own. Proven fact. most of what people learn about, 95% will not be remember. Think about it, most college kids can not remember what they learned in school. like Albert Einstein said "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."