How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent | Eddy Zhong | TEDxYouth

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

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.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Leslie Chin  On October 8, 2017 at 9:09 am

    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one (a radical) persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
    George Bernard Shaw

  • Gigi  On October 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I bet he has scholarships pouring in now. I just got finished reading an article in the New Yorker about an Asian-American who was accepted at Harvard for being different from other Asians though she considered herself just like other Asians. He will qualify as being different. See link to story

    He does make a valid point that education today, to an extent, is making students dumb. There is a general saying, grounded in research, that every generation is smarter and more successful than the next. Not so with this current generation. Research shows that not only is this generation less intelligent, but will be less successful. Much of it may have to do with the global western capitalist model constantly competing for their time and attention that their brains are being shot to bits. Below is an TedTalk video that addresses this problem and scared the daylights out of me. Now I have to remember to accept that I’m persuadable.

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