How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent | Eddy Zhong | [email protected]


Translator: Yulia Kallistratova
Reviewer: Denise RQ I want to share with you
a big secret today. And it’s not one that a lot of you
are going to want to hear. But at the same, time it’s so important
that I have to tell you. That secret is this: what if I told you that every singe day kids go to school
they become less intelligent? Now, how could that be possible? When kids go to school
they learn things, right? And they accumulate more knowledge. So if anything,
they should be getting smarter. How could they possibly
be getting less intelligent? What am I talking about? Well, I do hope
to illustrate that to you today. Before I turned 14, I was a kid
that did not know what he wanted in life. So usually, when you go up
to a 5 or 6 year old and you ask him, “What do you want to be
when you grow up?”, he’ll say, ” An astronaut,”
or “A businessman”. I wanted to be a professional
Call of Duty player. (Laughter) And since I had no idea about
what I wanted to be when I grew up, I just listened to my parents
almost 100% of the time. I trusted that they knew
what was best for me. My parents wanted out of me what any typical parent
would want out of his child: go to school, keep up your grades, get out and exercise,
once every few years. (Laughter) And I was trying to do
everything they asked of me, except the problem was
I wasn’t even that good at school. I was terrible at science, could not write a 5-paragraph essay
if my life had depended on it. And to this day I still think I’m the only Asian kid in the world
who does not understand math. (Laughter) I really do. But when I turned 14 that all changed. I was no longer this hot air balloon
and floating around in space, I was now like a supersonic jet
flying toward my destination at 50,000 miles an hour
or however fast those things go. This change all started
when I received an envelope with the mail. It was an invitation
– not to a birthday party, I did not get any of those –
not to a playground, but to a business plan
competition down in Boston. And I was curious, I was
just so curious that I had to go. The program director explained to us
that over five months, we would form a team,
develop a business idea, and present this idea
to a panel of judges, who would be judging us how good our suits are,
and how good our business ideas were. And a long story short,
over those five months I formed a team, developed an idea, and we actually ended up winning that competition
and taking home a check. And that one event sparked my interest for going to more and more
of these competitions. Over the next two years of my life, I actually went to dozens and dozens
of these competitions, and I was winning almost all of them. And I realized that I liked
going to them so much not just because I liked winning them but also because I had
an unrealized passion. That was a passion for creating things. Because the one thing
that my team would do differently from our other competitors,
every single time, was well, everyone would go up and present
their idea and their PowerPoint, we would go to a home depot, buy supplies, and actually build
the idea we were talking about. And the judges were just so blown away by the fact that a bunch of teenagers
could go and create things, can make prototypes,
and [have] minimum viable products. We won almost every single competition just because the judges loved
that we had gone and executed it. At one of these competitions I met a short-tempered,
middle-aged Polish guy named Frank. If he is here today
I’d better run after this. (Laughter) He came up to us, took a look
at our prototype, and said: “I can help you guys
turn this into a real company.” Think about that. Isn’t that cool? We are 16 years olds,
we are going out into the world and creating a real
hardware technology startup. At first we were all like,
“Time to be Steve Jobs, let’s go build Apple,
dropping out of school now.” But we quickly realized
it’s not that easy. So, don’t drop out unless
you’re really sure you have a good idea. But… (Laughter) We’ve realized that the first part
to building a great company is to assemble a great team. And as students, we couldn’t go to bars to network,
to networking events for adults, so we went to our school and set up this little presentation
in our auditorium, in which we would present our idea
and hopefully kids would join our team. We sent out an invitation
to our entire school. And the first thing we noticed
is that almost no one showed up. There was almost no interest. And those who did show up
spread the rumor around the school and throughout that week,
we were actually marked, we were made fun of for our ideas
and for being wannabe Mark Zuckerbergs. (Laughter) What’s funny is, the next week after,
we took the exact same presentation, and did it at our elementary school
so to kids who were 5 or 6 years younger. And the response was phenomenal. These kids were throwing
their lunch money at us asking if they could buy a prototype. (Laughter) They were asking
for our pre-money valuation, which I know you guys know
from watching Shark Tank, but it was amazing that these kids
even knew terms like that existed when they were too young to even probably
pronounce some of these words. That just inspired me so much. And I think this is what
our education system has done. Over just these 5 to 6 years
in the education system, these creative children
have turned into these teenagers that are unwilling to think
outside of the box. So let’s go back to that secret
I was talking about. How is it possible that school
is making kids less intelligent? The fact is, there is so much more
than just one type of intelligence. While school can make you
more academically intelligent, it can teach you
physics, algebra, calculus, it is diminishing the children’s
creative intelligence. It is teaching them
to think in a certain way, to go down a certain path in life, it’s telling them: go
to high school, get a diploma, go to a good college, find a stable job, and if you don’t do that,
you won’t be successful. And if that was true,
how am I even standing here today? How did I, a straight C student, start a technology company
at the age of 16? And how is my company, which was featured
on a Wall Street Journal last week, doing better that some of the companies
started by Harvard and Stanford graduates? It must be something
that can’t be measured by academic intelligence alone. So, here is what I believe. Parents, teachers, educators, you have the power
to influence and inspire youth. The fact is, there are way too many
people out there right now who are obsessed with telling kids to go to college, to find a good job,
and to be “successful”. There are not enough who are telling kids to explore more possibilities,
to become entrepreneurs. And if there’s one message that I want
parents, kids, and all of you to take away from
what I’ve said here today is that you can open your own doors, that you can stray away
from this conventional, limited, and narrow path
that education sets us upon. You can diverge
and create your own future. You can start your own companies
and start your own non-profits. You can create, you can innovate. And if there’s one message
I want you to take away from everything I’ve said, it is this: no one has ever changed the world by doing what the world
has told them to do. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent | Eddy Zhong | [email protected]

  1. school train you, it does not develop you, don't try to "find different intelligences" to suit everyone in the world

  2. Physics was one of the worst subject so far and I only took 2 AP classes in which I pass with with A's while my Pre-AP physic class is a C+. Physics class has diminished my confidence in my math and became some of the source of my stress. I get most of the learning from physics by studying answer sheets and walking it through with my worksheet. One of the few positive things I can say is that it will help me in future math classes.

  3. if we focus more on how to survive in this world, cure diseases, and just live life without money (if money didnt exist) and also just get all the stuff for free so no ine will be stress and do all the bad studf for money!! and we don't have to pay for a fuxking medicine juat to get another chance to live

  4. A guy who went to harvard and stanford told me, people want to hear things like this—school is not important, you can success without working hard etc

  5. It's a tragic that the students who really need to watch this video would be busy doing their useless homework.

  6. Try and homeschool your children. Homeschooled children are more smarter than brainwashed children…re-educate yourselves

  7. The main thing that is wrong with this, from the beginning is that intelligence is opinionated; therefore, how are schools making kids less intelligent in your opinion? My school is not limiting our creativity, but some schools do, that is the thing that is needing to be changed in the education system. However, your idea of intelligence could be academics or the wealth that people acquire from their jobs or even be based on happiness. I think that we should all strive to become the type of intelligence that we believe it is. Therefore, what is your opinion on how intelligent is based?

  8. I really want to take a subject where the response to when I ask how well use this doesn't start with "just in case"

  9. I don’t know how finding the area of a rectangle is going to help me in life. I went to the bathroom without permission once just to see what would Happen and got I’m serious trouble, in art, you have to do what the teacher wants you to do. school is useless and we are wasting most of our lives on it.

  10. The only thing school thought me is how to wake up early and get to school at time and waste 7 hours of my life everyday

  11. I never went to college..because my brain is more artistic. I started my own retail stor/stores and grew them when I was just 23…now 52. I never understood college for the creative minds.

  12. We haven’t even had s*x education yet (I’m in grade 7) and I know what s*x is, I don’t when I learn that but now I do.

  13. Honestly, as someone who hate school, I'd say my only reason why I still go to school is because of the diploma for the most part, or to meet my friends but that doesn't really matter to me since I have their contact on my phone. I would agree that school is useful in kindergarten until some of the years in elementary but after that, you just get piled up with a bunch of works the teachers gave you, learn useless things you don't like or find to be useful, etc. That's why I would rather learn things myself, and I would say I learn more about my favorite studies such as history from the internet rather than school.

  14. Yes! My school banned the word anime because they thought the it was the same thing a being goth and the if you were goth you had a mental disorder and would commit suicide.

  15. True educators teach their students how to think and aquire knowledge… the life lessons that are truly valuable rarely occur in a classroom.

    Sadly, our education system continues to dictate What to think, and who they should cite.

    We need a better education system…

  16. so a kid get's lucky becaues he get's an invitation to a business thing and goes from there, how does this help me get a job in manufacturing that isn't in china?

  17. I think the people commenting how horrible school is just don't get the idea of school.

    School throws all these subjects at you so you can get a grasp on what you want to do. Creativity comes to those who are truly curious. This video has a secret motive; if everyone quit school and started their own business 90% would fail and work for the other 10%. The problem isn't school, it's lack of motivation among people; among other things

  18. I turned in a 3 (It only needed 1) page essay on a topic I really love and have a lot of understanding in.

    I got an equivalent of an F on that assignment…

    The fact that I learned the more practical types of knowledge about life itself (Things like how to actually cook, answering interview questions, drawing etc.) From the internet is the most worrying part. I do not need to learn how to find the velocity of a freaking rocket if only given its length to be computer programmer!

  19. Education / Knowledge Are not just in school, in School there is people that can share you their knowledge, but now the world think That go to school if you want to be smart, Like What?? Knowledge / Education = School…I don't understand

  20. You know how those teachers know anything that they studied? See how the science and nature works, And then they request to become a "Teacher" at school to make money for their living

  21. I wrote a 4 page story instead of 1 page and she told me to rewrite it because it was "too long".

  22. It is about memory. When people ask; "What did you learn today?" I think for a moment and tell them what I *remembered*.
    I realize that I learn very little and remember a lot. For example, I (remember) how to do some algebra/pre-algebra. But Have completely lost the ability to do long division. I discovered this in a lesson about calculating something about time. I didn't remember how to do it because I didn't need or use it for 2 years, and haven't done so since. My frustration with the current school system makes me admire the Finnish system at an increased scale, and I don't see why changes aren't being made. Even within a private school, the standard systems has a firm grip, and I can see how some of my peers are being controlled by it. By controlled I mean by a mentality. The standard 1st-5th grades condition most students to value assignments very highly. By that I mean it takes priority, not just at school but at home. As a student, and from a 3rd person perspective homework makes no sense. Homework is obsolete and unnecessary because It, is, only work. The same work you would do in school, just more of it. I don't have an answer to balance this But look at other systems ({FINLAND}) to get the system to change.

  23. i hate school bcoz the teachers shows more interest towards the children that are brilliant and neglects the children which are weak in studies

    if i forgot to do homework i am punished by teachers and if that class monitor or any other brilliant student forgots then teachers say nothing to him . sorry for my bad english.!

  24. Students cheat because schools value grades more than they value their students. Faculty and parents treat students like machines built to operate the way they are told. Individuality is more important than an ACT score. We need to stop labeling people by a number. We are people, not statistics. Why don't schools focus on teaching our youth the important lessons of life, instead of how to find the cosine of a circle.

  25. My teacher forced me to do her way to solve a physic question. I did my own way (which was correct) and got an F

  26. Our educattion system doesnt necessarily make kids less intelligent, it just makes them less enthusiastic and they don'tt want to do new things

  27. Ah yes because those children in Africa are doing so well in starting up and running their own business this does raise the point that you don't need school to be successful but this only works for certain people.

  28. Intelligence is memory why is everyone complaining about exams being about memory, when intelligence is just memory. All creative things you do is from memory. Without memory you wouldn't know how to draw, play a instrument, or anything at all. It makes perfect sense they test on memory.

  29. "I'm the only Asian kid in the world who does not understand math"

    You're not the only one in this world bro hahahah and that's me also. I can see myself in you😂😂

  30. I highly doubt a research and development company would hire someone without the appropriate diploma. It can be expensive to build a prototype, depending on what it is. With poor knowledge of math and science I think it likely the brains behind the prototypes, if technological, were the teammates. Owning and operating a business successfully is different than learning to be a brain surgeon or having the skills and knowledge to develop something new. How do you do anything if you don't know how to bring it into reality with knowledge? If you want a specific metal piece cast that you can't buy, then where do you go? If you want certain pieces of wood cut to a certain specification, then what? How do you afford all that? If you cannot be sure if it will work before you test it out, and dont have the money to try it, then your stuck. Patents are expensive. In many ways you really do need money to make money. And Einstein went to school.

  31. I had to label 8 maps, create a chart describing a country, write 5 essays about the correlation of geography to a country, cite all sources for the essays, and list the definition of 22 words over summer break. I have to turn it in and take a test on one of the continent (no clue which one or how to remember the many countries, rivers, mountains, etc.) on the first day of school if it’s not finished or if I don’t do good on the test I’ll be kicked out of the class, I’m just a freshman… I hate school.

  32. “What if I told you that every single day that kids go to school, they became less intelligent?”

    I just graduated high school, don’t do this to me.

  33. I gave up my sophomore year I went to school 1-2 days a week honestly I can tell you my stress level went from 1000000 to 5 and I did better my sophomore year than I did my freshman 💆🏽‍♀️

  34. I’m in uni right now studying Game Art and loving it !!! I was a straight A student throughout GCSE and A-level, I can tell you school made me miserable, even art because it restricted me from doing what I wanted, I had to follow a bloody criteria. I have no idea why they haven’t changed the way it all works yet.

  35. School: causes depression stress and bullying
    Also school: Spreads awareness about it to lower those rates, but it doesn’t work

    Me: You have become the thing you swore to destroy

  36. "Knowledge is almost pointless if not used to help another person"

    School doesn't teach you and give you knowledge, they bombard you with continuous homework and tests. School crushes dreams, because of the importance of school and your social life, you stop dreaming, you stop believing in yourself. School stops becoming an "adventure" everyday, it' now a place where kids go to just have a part of their life taken away from them. School most importantly, stops children from dreaming.
    You're gonna die one day and if you just want to sit around not doing anything, like what a school does, your talents and ideas will be wasted.

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