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

  • Published on Feb 5, 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

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  • Dirt Disrespector
    Dirt Disrespector 3 years ago +8363

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

  • devanshi
    devanshi Year ago +3933

    I used to write so well and elaborate descriptions were super easy, my pen flowed on paper like butter. But ever since my teacher screamed at me for exceeding the word limit in the exam I got so discouraged that I gave up on writing and now I can't even write a simple essay. School really does kill creativity. Don't let that happen to you.

    • Nuzhat Natasha
      Nuzhat Natasha 8 days ago

      You'll not believe me but this actually happened to me too. And I was in 5th grade. They did that to a 11 year old.

    • 1 S33 U
      1 S33 U 26 days ago

      Happened to me back then it really pissed me off that’s why I hate school sometimes but back then I loved school because you know when your still in your lower school levels it’s fun since you’re still a kid but imagination and creativity is being destroyed by school Im not saying school is bad for you but sometimes not all are meant to be followed on the book you must know reality aswell.It’s true most parents always say”Study hard,go to college,get a diploma,graduate,and get a stable job or you won’t be successful in life”.Like I hated that it’s like you are being forced to not follow what you like it’s like that situation when a person say bad things about your opinions and judge you that’s why humanity has fallen.Always remember all of us have our own likes and dislikes remember to always respect someones personal perspectives and opinions because no one deserves being silenced.

    • Diana Mackintos
      Diana Mackintos 28 days ago

      I'm 15 and my creativity has been preserved but teachers have started "attacking me"
      for example, my creative side is more about art interior designs, and I'm also into running(track and cross-country) gymnastics, graphic design, violin guitar, and piano.
      My grades are not that good I'm a D, C student and sometimes get a
      few B's
      As a kid, I could not read until I got into 3rd grade. Could you really blame me if all the teachers did was complain when I talked to other kids in Spanish because I wanted to show I can speak two languages? And even though I could speak English and Spanish with no to few mistakes I was being forced into Spanish classes that were meant to teach English to children. My mom started to realize what the school was doing when she found I couldn't read. she moved me back to my other classes and started teaching me to read.
      This became a struggle, but if it weren't for her I wouldn't be able to write this or read anything. But when I made it to high school I was excited sadly, too excited bc i thought high school would teach me everything I wanted to know. but it was the same all the electives were short-timed. I would describe it as a taste test of freedom.
      and now at the age of 15, we recently had the parent-teacher conference which in my opinion the meaning of it is the Day when teachers say one good thing about a student then flood the parents with every bad scheme about a child. And every teacher we met specifically met up with each my other academic teacher to talk bad about me, and every meeting was the same they complimented my creative mind told me to stop being creative in thair classroom then called me Dyslexia.

    • John Titor
      John Titor 29 days ago

      @Boaz Burger That's so horrible :( Keep it please

  • Joe E
    Joe E Year ago +7057

    Fact: We learn more on the internet, from travelling and meeting people than we have at school.

    • ye
      ye Day ago


    • Parker Stevens
      Parker Stevens 18 days ago

      @Areee Ash thats why I dont study

    • Mark Adkins
      Mark Adkins 23 days ago

      Most Americans think traveling is going on a cruise or to Vegas. That is not going to make one understand other cultures...I could go on, but why? You won't understand unless you get out of your backyard for more than a week. Sad

    • Siddhi Bhavya
      Siddhi Bhavya 27 days ago

      With the fees rising we could in fact buy a house for ourselves with all of my school fees since kindergarten. 😂

    • Tyrone Tinglenut
      Tyrone Tinglenut Month ago

      I have discovered every single one of my hobbies that could become careers from the internet. none from school.

  • Xander Coletta
    Xander Coletta Year ago +1770

    "these creative children have turned Into these Teenagers who are unwilling to think outside the box."
    Im only 13 and i felt that in my soul.

  • theturtlefred
    theturtlefred 7 months ago +220

    This is extremely true. One example: My brother is amazing at art. He's super talented, but he keeps getting Cs and Ds in art because he doesn't do what hes told. He challenges the teachers. There are people in his class who jave absolutely no skill, but get higher grades because the do exactly what they are told and don't think outside the box. The teachers are literally trying in limit children creativity *in an art room*

    • Samin Uddin
      Samin Uddin 4 days ago

      this is why i never take art classes in college

    • joy Belinda
      joy Belinda 15 days ago

      We don't even have an art room in my school

    • Devil's Offspring
      Devil's Offspring Month ago +1

      @d R In all fairness, the greatest artists started out with imitation and repetition because that's how a skill set starts developing in the beginning. It's just that the best ones were able to 'run with it' rather than spending lots of time perfecting their imitation. They get what they need, and then start applying their own creativity.

    • d R
      d R Month ago +6

      That approach is especially bizarre in a subject like art, since art is all about challenging ideas and conceptions and innovating by thinking outside the box. The greatest artists all got where they did not by sterile, rote recreation but rather by incorporating and embellishing their own unique expression.

    • WintyMilk
      WintyMilk Month ago +3

      No because this happened to me. I used to love art, but now I don’t even have time to draw/be creative because of school.

  • Evan Huntley
    Evan Huntley Year ago +7077

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

    • RAGINGレックウザ
      RAGINGレックウザ Day ago

      words of wisdom

    • PrithVi Raj
      PrithVi Raj Month ago


    • Yellowwatter_1
      Yellowwatter_1 Month ago

      True, but i feel i can’t do this idk why

    • kushal hegadi
      kushal hegadi 2 months ago

      @Javier i didn't understand what you said

    • Elon Leon
      Elon Leon 2 months ago

      If you wanna do something cool, exciting and new, just take the words of famous meme man Shia la beuf and JUST DO IT!

  • NOT B3 Rice
    NOT B3 Rice 11 months ago +874

    What parents expect from us during school:
    Constant Straight A’s.
    Good social life.
    All that.
    What they don’t expect:
    Social Awkwardness
    School just sucks. Having to determine all self worth on a high or low grade just makes you upset and then fear what happens as a consequence.
    I hate how parents don’t understand that school can genuinely give a child depression, and mental health issues because they REFUSE to think like their child: they always say that we aren’t depressed, just faking it for attention.
    I had a mental breakdown once, all I was asked was why did I cry. And that there had to be a reason.

    • jay r oligo
      jay r oligo 28 days ago

      @klontje_boter you don't have to be sorry

    • klontje_boter
      klontje_boter 28 days ago

      @jay r oligo yeah, sorry got it. I think

    • jay r oligo
      jay r oligo 28 days ago

      @klontje_boter that's pretty cool, I just get pressured in school and bullied

    • klontje_boter
      klontje_boter 28 days ago

      yo sure ma man. Understand your POV but not everything is true. For me school is a place were i can relieve, escape home and just have fun. And learn a bit off course

    • That Commentator Dude
      That Commentator Dude Month ago

      Ya’ll are smart

  • Busta4Life
    Busta4Life Year ago +2298

    job interviewer: "so, why did you wanted to join?"
    future me: "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell."

    • Ionising Scientist
      Ionising Scientist 29 days ago

      hahah i know you see we all related video

    • That Commentator Dude
      That Commentator Dude Month ago

      Listen. To. Don’t Stay In School. By. BoyInABand. Now

    • Controvert Animation
      Controvert Animation 5 months ago

      @Angry Duck you're fired

    • AdidasLove34
      AdidasLove34 5 months ago

      This is freaking hi-larious bcuz it’s so true! The one thing you’ll never forget!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Monica
      Monica 7 months ago +2


  • FlynnTime -BS
    FlynnTime -BS Year ago +900

    How I learn a language at school.

    • memeCat_7
      memeCat_7 24 days ago

      @You want My name? Same

    • memeCat_7
      memeCat_7 24 days ago

      Or just study it online with best resources that make ur learning journey just so easy, funny and happy
      School:But why we use this? we need to make students life's so miserable ... like why it's named school then lol

    • Stormiy
      Stormiy Month ago

      Dude i'm in 9th grade and our teacher has a Shakespeare test that she expected us to remember every word, like wth. Literally a question on WHO SAID THIS from THIS SPECIFIC LINE. Also the rest of the questions were based on my teacher's viewpoints of the quote. Yeah I DEFINITELY got a 100% on that teach, not a 60%(teacher has to raise scores for class average, I'm at 70% now). When am I gonna use Shakespeare, I wanna become an artist and I gotta remember 100 pages of Shakespeare, every word?! Why do schools teach us random stuff that we are never gonna use on our grades???

    • Floof, Woof and Poof
      Floof, Woof and Poof Month ago

      Me with my english class that I have to write reports, narratives, etc. and also my year 6 tutoring maths: *Let me introduce myself*

  • Skylift
    Skylift Year ago +791

    "Everyone is intelligent but our grades made us idiots"
    -Jabin Baret (2021)

    • Skylift
      Skylift 2 months ago

      @Irish cat done bro

    • Irish cat
      Irish cat 2 months ago +3

      “Everyone is intelligent but our grades made us idiots”
      - (insert actual name) (2021)

    • Aashu Andi
      Aashu Andi 4 months ago +2

      at this point we all can agree that grades kind of brings us down bc now a days we need good grades to get a good job

    • Kulraj Singh
      Kulraj Singh 5 months ago +1

      My man speaking out facts very true

    • Yen Abejar
      Yen Abejar 6 months ago +12

      I'm quite good at my English class, but when my math teacher knew about this, she started to mock me in front of the class, my classmates didn't laugh. They knew that she just like degrading all of us in class. Got a 73 grade, our passing grade is 75. Anyways, I showed her that I'm also capable and got two 95's afterwards. We are all intelligent in different ways, and we shouldn't be judged based on a certain area that we are not confidently or really good at. That is one of the many flaws of our education system.

  • Witcher Fan
    Witcher Fan Year ago +9107

    School makes you scared of failing when failing is the only way to truly learn.

    • Che Phung
      Che Phung 22 hours ago +1


    • Kl0diana
      Kl0diana 8 days ago

      @Мөнх-Ивээл М but failing is an important way, we aren't no mistake robots

    • CouchCactus
      CouchCactus 28 days ago

      @Tamir Lapidus luckily for me, same too-

    • John Titor
      John Titor Month ago

      i marked this comment. awesome!

    THEIR BRAIN Year ago +64

    My mom just said intelligence is more important than my feelings... 🙄 I agree with this dude, I have noticed my whole life that nobody has really changed the world because they are doing what they are told to do like what Eddy Zhong said at the end of this video

    • Amy Walker
      Amy Walker 8 months ago +5


      THEIR BRAIN 8 months ago +1

      @Amy Walker not exactly a robot but yeah 😭🔫

    • Amy Walker
      Amy Walker 8 months ago +5

      THEIR BRAIN - What in the acutal flotation device? Does your mom want you to be a robot? A dull-eyed reciter of facts with no passion or curiosity? Guess so.

  • Nova
    Nova Year ago +236

    thank you school for:
    -low grades
    -low scores

    • Cohline Garnet
      Cohline Garnet 4 months ago +14

      - wanting to harm myself to skip school
      - growing distant from my family
      - lack of support
      - lying to parents about how kids enjoy school
      - lying to parents about what staff does to children at school
      - staff being rude to students when parents aren't there
      - staff acting angelic when parents are there
      The list could be infinite

    • Hema Karthik
      Hema Karthik 6 months ago +17

      And also "Jimmy has 400 apples, now calculate the distance between the Earth and the Moon

    • ToaMataNui1
      ToaMataNui1 6 months ago +19

      And also "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell"

    • •Jade•plays•with•animations•
      •Jade•plays•with•animations• 6 months ago +26

      -Social anxiety
      -Fear of failure
      Just some more

  • AuspiciousCat
    AuspiciousCat  Year ago +131

    “Society moved on , but they forgot the ones who will continue the society” - some speech I suddenly remembered

  • Whalepussy
    Whalepussy 9 months ago +73

    I was actually home schooled until I was 10
    when I entered school after, I found things easy, so easy that I passed everything exceptionally. I could do anything, even read a book meant for adults
    4 years later I'm failing everything and my only skill is reading fast

    • Misty_Gifts 2.0
      Misty_Gifts 2.0 Month ago +3

      After around 5 hears of school im starting to lpse spelling capabilities slowly an slpwly

    • F Z
      F Z 3 months ago +3

      Reading fast is actually a great skill

  • F.B.I.
    F.B.I. Year ago +10297

    Education is when you learn from your mistakes
    School is where you get mocked for your mistakes

  • CubeNite
    CubeNite 8 months ago +41

    I loved my 7th and 8th grade math teacher, his goal was to make the class love math. He said he loved when people failed, and he also only checked homework because the school system made him. He did the best he was allowed to, and this goes to show that you shouldn't blame the teachers, you shouldn't blame the people who designed the school system [around 150 years ago], you should blame the people who *keep* the school system the same, never changing it to suite modern needs more. Modern schools are near identical to ones over 150 years ago, which were designed to mass produce factory workers. Let that sink in.

    • Cohline Garnet
      Cohline Garnet 4 months ago +3

      That is a good teacher right there. We really have to find out who is really pulling the strings of the education system. It's hard to tell who is, though. We need to pin point someone so that things actually start to change.

  • pretty_blossom🇭🇹

    You guys let me tell you I have never fallen in love with history, Greek mythology, and Science until I started learning them on my own without being forced to. In school, I hated them because it was boring. I wasn't learning to know I was just learning to get good grades. The internet has taught me more than school ever has. I even took notes on every person I learned about.
    See learning is a lot more fun when you aren't forced to.
    Also, you might think I'm insane I don't do homework because I use those time to learn something I want. On the other hand, if there's a standardized test which this month and next month I'm taking the Writing, Biology, and reading. Those are the three I'm focused on. If they fail me because of my grades I don't care in the future no one is going to ask me how my grades were back in high school and what I score on the FSA because I'm not going to work for those people.

    • Eee W
      Eee W Month ago +1

      You’re welcome

    • pretty_blossom🇭🇹
      pretty_blossom🇭🇹 Month ago +1

      @Eee W Thank you for the clarification.

    • Eee W
      Eee W Month ago +4

      Also, instead of focusing on being good at stuff, learn the basics then slowly learn more and try to improve. You don’t have to perfect or good to like a subject. You just have focus on the learning and have fun. exams shouldn’t be here just to label us. Instead, it lets us see what we lack and teachers should show us a way to improve. Exams are good for letting us learn to accept failing and being humble. Not to force us to get A’s every time.

    • Eee W
      Eee W Month ago +3

      For me( I’m studying in primary school in Hong Kong), I’m interested in almost every subject. I like learning and watching minute earth, teded very much but I hate school. I like knowing more about how the things around me worked and i learn to learn. So during holidays, I would let my curiosity bring me to the next thing I would learn , like climate change. But at school, I learn to get good grades, A and some Bs. I have to memorize things in general studies (science, nature, history) that I don’t understand or am not interested in. I am forced to learn how to do repetitive math questions and not how the equations worked. I’m forced to memorize how to spell and get marks taken away from me just because I spelled something wrong. I liked doing writing argumentative and story writings. I can share my opinion and create many fantasy worlds. I’m not at all against learning but I just wish we could learn because we wanted to learn and not for some exam.

    • Misty_Gifts 2.0
      Misty_Gifts 2.0 Month ago +1

      I wish I could be confident enough to skip homework and classes unless I want to, but my teachers and grandma says ✨no✨

  • Scoutblade
    Scoutblade Year ago +59

    I'm glad I was able to find this video. Especially since this year has been difficult and because of me failing school I was finally able to discover my undiscovered passions in art, music, and simply creating. I'm happy that my ideology that I developed over this Pandemic is not alone and for nothing.

  • Andrea Romanini
    Andrea Romanini Year ago +157

    It is depressing to see how happiness is still only linked to success.

    • Joud H.
      Joud H. Month ago

      I belive that happiness leads to success but success doesn't necessarily lead to happiness. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

    • szgvsd fzdgdfg
      szgvsd fzdgdfg 8 months ago +1

      Happiness is based on the belieth

  • Pat Hamm
    Pat Hamm 5 years ago +17442

    I've learned more about Science by my own curiosity and the internet than all 13 years of school

  • Padre
    Padre Year ago +92

    School make me feel like grades are more important than the actual “education” I’m getting.

  • Stelliferous Oofer
    Stelliferous Oofer Year ago +285

    School is like a torture game. You don't work to memorize, you work to complete.

    • darling
      darling 8 months ago +4

      @Stallone Andrew Agreed, Kanna.

    • Stallone Andrew
      Stallone Andrew 9 months ago +11

      yeah, and i just straight up forgot a lot of worst memories that happens to elementary school mostly involved me, my friends, learning and more. Now i was at the Secondary School and i still need to face the worst side and my brain getting messy and i just playing my phone to chill down my brain and completely ignore the homeworks. Now thanks to the existence of the pandemic, i can manage to be chill myself but should need to survive from the pandemic itself

    A3 THARIHA 9 months ago +71

    Fun fact : Students watching this video would think on it for a couple of minutes and continue memorizing their subjects.

    • d R
      d R Month ago

      @DanTheMan That lyric has nothing to do with what Carissa said. "The Wall" is referring to an emotional barrier "erected" to protect yourself from hurt and isolate yourself from the world. It's got nothing to do with being a "cog in a machine" or anything like that.

    • d R
      d R Month ago +3

      Well what else are they supposed to do? They still have to accept the reality of how school IS, not how they want it to be. It's like criticising the average citizen for the actions of their government. The average person can do absolutely nothing about deeply-entrenched institutional issues, no matter how many protests they partake in or how many letters they send to their counsellors or governors or whoever else.

    • Harper Lee Music
      Harper Lee Music Month ago

      Not me

    • DanTheMan
      DanTheMan 3 months ago +7

      @Ritz "All in all, you're just another brick in the wall." -Pink Floyd

    • Ritz
      Ritz 5 months ago +7

      Because we have to. There’s nothing I can do

  • Mary Fate
    Mary Fate 7 months ago +56

    “Don't make school your life. Find that thing you're passionate about. Don't rely on school or teachers.”

  • Damien Runner
    Damien Runner Year ago +3394

    As a college professor and public school teacher of more than 20 years this kid is dead on. Everything he said is true.

    • Aryan
      Aryan 2 months ago

      @I MP I mean, you as a scientist would agree that most schools focus on "memorization" and you as a scientist also realize how that is moot. What is important is to figure out the right information from a sea of information and not get side tracked. I don't deny that school does have a few merits but those merits get moot when bad teachers don't really care about teaching. Unfortunately, these bad teachers are everywhere. Secondly, the problem with school is if a kid learns how to gather credible sources, not to get sidetracked...he can virtually be good at anything. But, we're not taught that in school. Now, of course, I don't have too much of a problem with school...but I do feel we need to take measures to improve this...

    • 117 Motions
      117 Motions 3 months ago

      @adriano dicostanzo i agree but that only the top idk less than 1%

    • 117 Motions
      117 Motions 3 months ago

      @David Anderson this is why he is a college professor now. college profs are chads

    • I MP
      I MP 3 months ago

      @Cohline Garnet you said most students forget what they sudied for the exams. But what are you basing that assumption on?

    • engineer gaming?
      engineer gaming? 3 months ago

      @I MP no they should not add more subjects they should change what they already give us

  • Sean
    Sean 7 months ago +91

    Schools then: "Let's feed (edit) these children's curiousity and creativity."
    Schools now: "You're right but you used the different formula. I'll give you a deduction."

    • Georgia Brown
      Georgia Brown Month ago

      i can relate to this so much. On a math test, i literally got the most simplest answer correct, yet i didnt get the mark cuz i didnt do my working. LIKE I CAN DO IT IN MY HEAD GODDAMN

    • Cohline Garnet
      Cohline Garnet 4 months ago +3

      Schools then and now are very similar. In fact I believe schools back then were probably a lot more strict, teachers were allowed to hit students and make them serve heavy punishments. Students could not retaliate. The "edUCaTiooN sySteM" feeding us curiosity and creativity is a BIG lie.

    • Joven Agustin
      Joven Agustin 7 months ago +4

      frr we all have different mathematical formula strategies and school doesn't accept that 🙄 it's frustrating

  • Yufei Fay Liang
    Yufei Fay Liang 11 months ago +9

    Before I watched this video, I never really thought deeply about the issues that teens are having with school start times. After watching this talk, I agree with Wendy so much on starting school later for teens. She, as a sleep researcher, has explained to her audience that sleeping is significant when it comes to mental and physical development of a teenager. She makes contact with the audience by sharing her personal story with her own children.

  • FlynnTime -BS
    FlynnTime -BS Year ago +105

    Exams are literally obstacles that prevent me from doing what I want to do in my life. People think they are useful, but in reality they are pointless.

    • The Warped Eye Podcast
      The Warped Eye Podcast 2 months ago +1

      "Exams just get students good at taking tests" --my high school physics teacher

    • Hidum
      Hidum 3 months ago +2

      yeah man. I don't believe in exams except for the competitive ones that you got to take during or after highschool. But why keep dousing students with exams and keep them stressed like ever during the childhood?

    • Cohline Garnet
      Cohline Garnet 4 months ago +1

      "thEY'RE To eVAluAtE WherE yoU aRE At RighT noW" and if you get a bad mark, they basically DO NOT care. When they do, they just keep screaming the same things at you until you are forced into nodding when they ask, "do you understand?"

    • Skumtomten1
      Skumtomten1 6 months ago +8

      @The Ruler01 That is EXACLY the main problem with education today. Most students, me included, simply study for the sake of getting something good on a paper, not actually for the sake of learning. Studying for the sake of getting good grades is very different from studying for the sake of learning, but studying for good grades is more likely to give you just that, better grades. However, most students, me included, will then forget 95% of what you learned the week after the exam, but if you actually studied for the sake of learning, it is far more likely you will remember more and longer. But at the end of the day, it is what the paper says that will give you the best chance for the job and hence, the incentive to simply study for the exam and not learn is the main one, and highlights the problem with the education system.

    • The Ruler01
      The Ruler01 8 months ago +3

      After exam my brain get washed like I nothing ever studied

  • All-Star Art
    All-Star Art 10 months ago +10

    This is actually true. I’m still a student, but last year, I was always thinking of my art and always had massive ideas of the theory of the universe and all that. Now I’m in grade 6 and all I think about is get A’s and study. My creatively spark is fading away, but now that I heard this, I can go show my entire school that I’m back

  • trovulex
    trovulex 7 months ago +21

    Instead of teaching us, supporting us and cheering us on.
    We're mocked.
    "Why aren't you understanding this?"
    "This is so easy"
    "You should know this by now"
    Kids like me, think a F, C or D difines them.
    School is so messed up-

    • Misty_Gifts 2.0
      Misty_Gifts 2.0 Month ago

      "Why are you depressed?"
      "This is so easy why are you failing on this?"
      "Do better, I know this isn't your best"
      "Wait until I call your parents"
      "I'll give you 2x Homework for that"
      Yep. All we can do is imagine getting good grades. Just imagine...

  • Amy Walker
    Amy Walker 9 months ago +10

    My parents were both teachers. I'm so glad I resisted all the pressure to be one. School is toxic. It teaches you that creativity and ingenuity don't matter, but conformity is everything.

  • Isabella De Angelo
    Isabella De Angelo Month ago +3


  • A R M Y
    A R M Y Year ago +27

    It's so sad that school was never about learning, it was about surviving, and still is.

  • Elle Viva
    Elle Viva 5 years ago +2812

    "No one has ever changed the world by doing what the world told them to do" awesome love this

    • BETA Pixel
      BETA Pixel 8 months ago +4

      This does not change the fact that in Australia there are 48 million kangaroos and in Uruguay there are 3,457,380 inhabitants. So if the kangaroos decide to invade Uruguay, each Uruguayan will have to fight 14 kangaroos.

    • Fun Bun
      Fun Bun 4 years ago +1

      Word of wisdom.

    • blue_cameron
      blue_cameron 4 years ago

      Elle Viva has* told them

    • TeChNiCaL _
      TeChNiCaL _ 4 years ago +4

      Elle Viva i was reading this exactly as he was saying it

    • Naushai
      Naushai 4 years ago +1

      Elle Viva j

  • Treamerpole
    Treamerpole Year ago +74

    "Learning how everything works is more important than learning about failing in life"
    -12 yo me

    • d R
      d R Month ago +1

      I'd say they're both equally important. Having no curiosity in the world around you is not something to aspire to.

    • V.K
      V.K 8 months ago

      We don't live in a utopian society. Society needs jobs more than anything, school produces educated people which go to college and become lawyers, doctors, and scientists. Not only does this fill in jobs and support the economy, the lawyers, doctors, and scientists are smart enough to advance society forward.

  • Yael Levi
    Yael Levi 11 months ago +82

    "when kids go to school, they learn things."
    Me with ADHD, behavior problems and too smart to here the teacher going over the same thing over and over again after I understood it the first time: "no."

    • Supérieur
      Supérieur 6 months ago +1

      @Stallone Andrew Same. I'm a Filipino and I hated learning Filipino/Tagalog (People say they are different but they are exactly the same without any differences) but when I studied Filipino on my own without anybody pressuring me, I actually enjoyed it.

    • Stallone Andrew
      Stallone Andrew 9 months ago +1

      @Yael Levi yep, and i think school was completely didn't care about student's opinion. And oh boy i completely hate Malay language because why most of the homeworks are just writing and essay.
      Ps i was a Malaysian

    • Yael Levi
      Yael Levi 9 months ago +4

      @Stallone Andrew that sounds terrible.

    • Stallone Andrew
      Stallone Andrew 9 months ago +2

      ouch, i can feel your opinion. Because during the tusyen at my elementary school i just said why should need to learn the same thing over and over again until my Malay language teacher begin to mad at me. And the worst part about the tusyen is it was devided to two class which is one for learning Malay because those one owns bad grades while the other one on the other hand who passed their Malay test having their own class and somewhat they not learning but playing Scrambles and some other things. It was unfair

  • Chihiro Fujisaki
    Chihiro Fujisaki 23 days ago +1

    It's been a month since I've watched his incredible, inspirational speech and I decided to open up and explore new possibilities. Often at school, I'm very bored and I'm super tired all the time during class, but after watching the video, I started exploring and looking at new things to do and that was when I discovered my interest in TheXvid. I would watch TheXvid videos late at night almost everyday and I loved the kinds of content they made. It would make me laugh. To be honest watching these video saved my life because they were the only things I was looking forward to when I got home. The main message that Eddy Zhong told me that made me start this TheXvid account was "No one has ever changed the world by doing what the world has told them to do." My parents were like the people Eddy described, do well in school, go to college, get a job and be successful. I don't listen to them as much because they don't really listen to me, but it's alright. I'm not that creative, but I believe that you still have hope left. I believe it's possible for any of you to change and find something you had no idea was something you could do.

  • Lqck
    Lqck Year ago +46

    I love how litteraly everyone who can change this will just ignore it

  • Роман Прокопов
    Роман Прокопов 2 years ago +10930

    Teachers: School is your second home
    Also teachers: Don't act like this, you're not in your home

    • Her/She Doll
      Her/She Doll Month ago

      So true 🤣

    • Multi.fandom.15_
      Multi.fandom.15_ 2 months ago

      Also people say you should go to school to have friends and socialize
      Teacher: “hears students talking”
      Students we are not here to socialize we are here to learn 🙄

    • Arash singh
      Arash singh 3 months ago

      Lmao :)

    • Yellow_Flash
      Yellow_Flash 3 months ago

      @NotSoStableRonaldo yknow what , that's exactly what I'm gonna say to my physics teacher. Ffs that women just piles work on us 🤦‍♂️

  • Mia Tang
    Mia Tang 3 months ago +3

    Eddy's words have actually been proven right: A new survey says the average American uses just 37 percent of the information they learn in school.

  • Litten Fire
    Litten Fire 6 months ago +6

    creativity is what makes progress in the world. The Airplane, electricity, everything that we have as technology, was originally nothing more than an idea, a CREATION

  • ramen Malik
    ramen Malik Year ago +37

    "Im not a genius,im just passionately curious"-Albert Einstein

  • Enzo Forte
    Enzo Forte 11 months ago +5

    I love this video. I’ve been saying exactly the same stuff and everyone doubts me and says I’m wrong

  • Christian Villarosa
    Christian Villarosa 3 years ago +1816

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

  • Matthew Kaplan
    Matthew Kaplan 9 months ago +9

    My friend once said "the only thing I learned from school is that life is unfair."

  • Chess and Music with Oskie Z

    For me, my school is creative and interactive and I have learned things about the world, but I am still young. The funny thing is my greatest passion isn't even school related, and the reason I I say I love it because there was no outside influence, all just me. A lot of people who did great things might've had some outside influence but they usually always had a great talent for it and they changed the world when they found their passion. I don't really feel that motivated from things at school, so other than the basics I am pretty sure I will not remember some stuff because I am not passionate about it.

  • DA NI EL
    DA NI EL Year ago +4

    Yup, when I was saying in school that I'm gonna be a successful and even a millionaire in the future, teachers were just laughing, I was terrible student, but now I have found the was of success and I can clearly see that I can even be a billionaire, so never give up and find people that cheers you up, if you can't find one just listen to yourself what you want from your life, and find the solution.

  • richdize
    richdize 8 months ago +2

    This is absolutely right school make us less intelligent . I realised this when i passed middle school and entered in high school . School had ruined us (my friends too).Now I am in 11th grade and in lockdown I'm in 10 grade and in lockdown I faced so many difficulties and that's made me learn so many things .bcs till 10 grade I had never faced anxiety , depression and now I know how to handle it .. comment down if u also learn so many life lessons in lockdown

  • Motivation 2 Advance
    Motivation 2 Advance Year ago +1342

    School: You are here to learn
    Also school: Don't forget to memorize all these definitions

    • colin russell
      colin russell 26 days ago

      Bro I'm doing that right now😞

    • Stallone Andrew
      Stallone Andrew 9 months ago

      this is the main reason why i hate homeworks

    • Elon Musk of Cambodia
      Elon Musk of Cambodia 11 months ago

      Just a slight change in those definitions will be marked as a mistake even though if that sentence conveys the exact same meaning that's why I hate schools .

    • Eskder
      Eskder Year ago +2

      @Motivation 2 Advance Well, I don't see any better method for learning, than memorising stuff.

    • lutziputzi
      lutziputzi Year ago

      And then forget them the next day!

  • Anon Kasper
    Anon Kasper 7 months ago +2

    I was a 15 year old kid who loved programming and theoretical physics especially theory of relativity.Tried to understand tensor calculus without even knowing calculus😂😂 and tried to program in JavaScript.But the state education system pressure forced me to give up and mug up subjects not only in another three years I lost my passion but it become so much even though I took computer science in college I still couldn't have the interest in coding the way I had in my 15.

  • Kamaal Hasan
    Kamaal Hasan Year ago +18

    What an amazing! These days i was trying to drop out of school and surprisingly i got this video recommended!
    I totally agree with you, school is for the average.

  • Katie McAlister
    Katie McAlister Year ago +2

    When people, kids or teens are trying to decide what they're going to do for the rest of their lives as a career, more people should be telling them, "find what you love that you can get paid for, whether it be working at a restaurant or a grocery store, or a doctor or a lawyer, or nurse or a social worker, or whatever it is that pays you that you love, work at it with all your heart, and be the best person at that job that you can be". That's what we should be telling our kids. That's what we should be striving for and what we should be taking pride in. Not just if my kid graduated from college or if they even went to college or if they even want to go to college. They should feel valued and free to make their own choices and their own decisions about their career path, and whether or not they want to go to college and whether they're ready to go to college. They should be deciding these things for themselves without any pressure from other people.

  • GUSGEISB Sgshshsh
    GUSGEISB Sgshshsh 6 months ago +1

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

  • Kim Zyrel Labangco
    Kim Zyrel Labangco Year ago +6997

    Imagine if school actually helped kids find what they are passionate about and then became successful at a young age.
    Lmao, imagine.

    • Princess Alia
      Princess Alia 15 hours ago

      All I learned that school is a heartless place for people like me

    • Randy Bai
      Randy Bai 16 days ago

      @Indonesian Mapping no? im asian and i can say that entire statement is incredible sterotypical. You have bias, you only see the best of us because of immigration filter. You dont truly understand how it is

    • WAFFLES the art toad
      WAFFLES the art toad Month ago +2

      I found out what I want to work towards as a future career through an anime, not school. Not even joking.

    • Me
      Me Month ago +1


    • AbysmalTophat
      AbysmalTophat Month ago +1

      @Nikhil Pranav I agree so much with you

  • Enzo Forte
    Enzo Forte 11 months ago +2

    I love this video. I’ve been saying exactly the same stuff and everyone doubts me and says I’m wrong

  • MemerLORD10
    MemerLORD10 9 months ago +4

    “People who have changed the world, did not do what the world told them”
    So true

  • Kevin Patrick Salem Yu
    Kevin Patrick Salem Yu 8 months ago +3

    I remember my teacher in college, She told the class that as our teacher, it is her responsibility to open the doors of learning, and IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY to EXPLORE what is inside. Today, the wisdom that she shared to us more than a decade ago is guiding my class. Thank you Ma'am. YES it is true that "No One Has Ever Change the World by doing what the world has told them to do", but schools will definitely teach you what is there to be CHANGED.

    • Kevin Patrick Salem Yu
      Kevin Patrick Salem Yu 3 months ago

      ​@Cohline Garnet I guess the school experience that we had were different.

  • Mahiiii
    Mahiiii 6 months ago +4

    "no one has ever changed the world, by doing what the
    world told them to do"
    i wrote this on my class board as "THOUGHT OF THE CENTURY".

  • E. Gündoğan
    E. Gündoğan 4 years ago +6031

    Seriously, I felt smarter when I was in the elementary school than now.

    • Botanicalhaven
      Botanicalhaven Month ago

      @I Didn’t Expect the Third Reich to Show Up literally the same

    • Botanicalhaven
      Botanicalhaven Month ago

      Same :(

    • Asif Rahman 17th Arsenal lover
      Asif Rahman 17th Arsenal lover 2 months ago

      The message in this talk is so motivational!! Eddie has a great way of speaking.

    • Incognito
      Incognito 2 months ago

      Yeah elementary school was the best time off my life it was easy and fun but now middle school is hard and it’s making me tired

    • Gopi
      Gopi 3 months ago

      I agree this

  • B-McPherson
    B-McPherson 8 months ago +4

    Not so fun fact: school was actually invented to make factory workers and that’s why the desks are in straight rows side by side looking up at the teacher: We frequently use the metaphor of school as a factory: Our schools are, in a sense, factories, in which the raw products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned into products to meet the various demands of life.

  • Av3nger
    Av3nger Year ago +11

    Right when he said the word "creating" my ears perked up. I can relate with this like crazy.

  • John Smith
    John Smith 11 months ago +1

    I like how every school student agrees to this but we just sit around waiting for others to do something about it, then people don't drop that habit till adulthood

  • Pxma.
    Pxma. 8 months ago +2

    “No one has ever changed the world, with the world telling them what to do”
    Schooltakes away our creativity that can help us start business’s or something not academic. Which is why most successful people now dropped out of school.

  • Brendan ODonnell
    Brendan ODonnell 2 years ago +21388

    School isn’t about learning, it’s about PASSING. This is sad

  • Daidi Fanta
    Daidi Fanta 7 months ago +2

    This was true for my undergrad and graduate degrees. I learned more by myself online than I did from my profs and their notes

  • Jes
    Jes 11 months ago +14

    School barely prepares us for the future, it just prepares us for 30 (sometimes 2× as much) questions on a piece of paper. You learn by actually going outside and travel
    **Btw reminder to drink water, go outside touch some grass**

  • まふちゃん
    まふちゃん 4 days ago

    Started with "I'm going to make my cool ideas come to life!" and a really healthy mind as a kid, ended up in therapy and anxiety pills in the first semester of high school

  • Coal
    Coal Year ago +16

    I once did an essay about why having so much homework was bad and counterproductive, I got an A on it

    • Rheena May Belmont
      Rheena May Belmont Year ago

      @Gemmariah Beadle pay attention my condition I have ADHD i cant do that

    • Rheena May Belmont
      Rheena May Belmont Year ago

      @Gemmariah Beadle HAHAHHA already did and a miraculously pass grade 6 unexpectedly

    • Rheena May Belmont
      Rheena May Belmont Year ago

      I failed my "reality theory project" by doing what this man in the video did but I did it in my own way (i didnt copy him i was inspired)

  • Anna Pavlova
    Anna Pavlova 5 years ago +2419

    You know what our problem is? It seems like more and more people agree that things should change. Heck, I'm sure all 2,700 people that commented on this video think the school system should change. But obviously all we can do is complain it the comment section, and I hate it. We are so scared that the society won't listen to us, so we don't even try. I'm sure every single student that is currently in school (including me) wants to show this to teachers, parents, headmasters, but is too scared to do anything. There is enough of us now to have influence, to make a difference. But we are SCARED. that is the problem - we should first change our ways, our entire society...

    • Lasajnaé
      Lasajnaé 2 months ago

      True. I am thinking of getting a degree to develop the school system. For my kids and their future.

    • LovelyRxse
      LovelyRxse 9 months ago

      your right

    • Name
      Name Year ago

      we can forward this to many people and when we will be enough to know this the world WILL change

    • Dodo Nodens🐟
      Dodo Nodens🐟 Year ago


    • Krispy Bacon
      Krispy Bacon Year ago

      Quest and they’re not wrong

    DED MURDERER 23 days ago

    This can be mostly seen in English class as it perfects you into a specific way of writing, but I'd say even though school does not teach you creativity and I agree with his message, school is kind of essential to help someone learn how to talk or to walk and then slowly learning them the essentials. I've realized you master/handle a topic 1 year after doing it and seeing others do it.

  • Gumoa
    Gumoa Year ago +6

    I really want to go to Harvard University someday. And I also want to say this. School doesn't force you to go down a path, your mind is it own.

  • Gellene Palmes
    Gellene Palmes 5 months ago

    People like Eddy Zhong makes me realize what kind of teacher I want to be in the near future. 💙

  • Sov Sivchhing
    Sov Sivchhing 4 months ago +1

    I'm never gonna forgot this talk. I'll try my best to not change my creativity and do what I want.

  • RagingBear
    RagingBear 4 years ago +2807

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

    • Shining Nightcore
      Shining Nightcore 4 years ago

      RagingBear I love this

    • Wong Tik Ki
      Wong Tik Ki 4 years ago

      Not every one need to change the world. Some people might change it, but many many more are needed to mantain it, deep it running at full that those who are distined to change it might have a chance.

    • Cainen
      Cainen 4 years ago

      just the best way you can descripe this world. He speaks what many think.

    • Mark Legend
      Mark Legend 4 years ago +1

      the world told him to do a lot of things , wear a suit to be taken seriously, speak english to communicate list goes on

  • The Warped Eye Podcast
    The Warped Eye Podcast 2 months ago +3

    "While school can make you more academically is diminishing the children's creative intelligence"
    It seems humans have built such an elaborate and complicated societal system we've started to trip ourselves up

  • Hunter Jones
    Hunter Jones Year ago +22

    Will edit after fully watching:
    Schools and parents care more about passing than learning. If there were no work, tests, or grades, then school would be all about learning. The reason kids learn more on the internet in their free time than at school during school hours is because that’s when kids are in the mood to learn and the things they learn are what they are in the mood to learn. What does mitochondria and the quadratic formula have to do with the most common and highest paying jobs out there? When will these facts apply to them outside of education and labor? Math can be done on a calculator and numbers can be learned through counting books. All you need is Starfall to learn literacy and reading and comprehension can be practiced by wanting to know something and looking up what answer they want and reading through an article to find their answer. This also doubles for science and social studies. No being required to learn something at specific times. Companies really only care if their employees can do the job, so just learn everything relevant to the job. Success in life really depends on how you perceive it.

  • Rithika S
    Rithika S 5 months ago +1

    " no one has ever changed the world by doing what the world has told them to do" this one in particular hits
    so hard

  • Vlad Gurmanov
    Vlad Gurmanov 3 months ago +1

    Definitely one of the best videos I have ever watched. Such powerful words…..

    ÌŃFÉRŃÓVÁ _ 7 months ago +2

    This is the entire thing. being told something isn’t the experience, the experience is what makes you learn.

  • WhenThe SkyFalls
    WhenThe SkyFalls 3 months ago +1

    I learned more and retained more information from a 12 minute video I found interesting than my entire high-school career

  • Piper
    Piper 5 months ago +3

    Him: "School makes kids less intelligent"
    Every, single, kid: Yes! Yes! We have been telling you this the entire time!!

  • Sophie Bartlett
    Sophie Bartlett 8 months ago

    Hopefully, this video, like me, has inspired you to continue being you; prosper in your choices and ultimately succeed.
    Keep doing what you are doing 👌

  • SombR3ro
    SombR3ro 2 years ago +3797

    English is my second language and I can tell you that 85% of the words or phrases I learnt are from youtube and random books in my home instead of books from the school. (Including the word phrase)

    • Cypher Hymn 2.1
      Cypher Hymn 2.1 16 days ago

      @Yusuf Coşkun effort*

    • Bill Meletlidis
      Bill Meletlidis Month ago

      @Simulping are you from Indonesia

    • Wong DC
      Wong DC Year ago

      Exactly my first language is English (and im a Half chinese and Half Bidayu girl who lives in Malaysia) and i learn words from my family of course but also becuz of movies, tv shows, internet, youtube etc

    • Roman15Generation
      Roman15Generation Year ago

      I can tell you that 80% of what I learned was from my parents and the sad sad 20% goes to the schools.

    • Name
      Name Year ago

      same situation here

  • Ivanahiedi
    Ivanahiedi 11 months ago +1

    When you have a certain passion for something you can do anything. I recently learned to strum a ukulele and play a piano without classes.. i just searched up the Internet and practiced cuz I had a passion an interest for it and oh.. my parents didn't believe in me that without classes how could I learn to play those but eventually I did. I'm not comparing studies and art but a passion we all have need to be brought up not by getting A+ or A which means nothing but out of fear

  • まことのおもてなし

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

  • Chentao Cui
    Chentao Cui Year ago +3

    With a growth mindset, power of self-control, you can do anything.

  • Angus Nock
    Angus Nock 11 months ago +1

    I've been saying this forever now, and to find out there is a TED talk about it is eye opening.

  • Tejas Verma
    Tejas Verma Year ago +1599

    Kid spitting facts for 8 mins straight

    • Bryce Moorman
      Bryce Moorman Year ago +1

      Yeah as someone else said “school doesn’t create leaders it creates employees”

    • Army For Life
      Army For Life Year ago +2

      44 seconds: Am I a joke to you 😂🤣
      But I get your point

    • hx shan
      hx shan Year ago +1

      cap 8 minutes and 41 seconds

    • AlexG
      AlexG Year ago +2

      @Name 43 seconds

    • Т1000 Youtube
      Т1000 Youtube Year ago +6

      Maybe a kid, but kids are just parents that don't go by stereotypes, apart from decreased amount of processing capacity and processing speed because they're not even developed yet, and they're frickin smarter then the developed people, good world we live in!
      Edit: I didn't mean to say that the "kid" in the original comment offended anybody (the word)

  • Kiwibread.
    Kiwibread. Year ago +66

    *Don't worry,you're not the only one who is asian doesn't understand math.*

  • Brub
    Brub 2 months ago

    Keep up the grind!!!! This content is fire 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • futakuchis
    futakuchis Year ago +113

    the only thing i like about school is the friends i got lmao.

  • Chihiro Fujisaki
    Chihiro Fujisaki 2 months ago

    Wow, what a speech. I'm 16 years old and I still haven't found my passion yet, but I think maybe there's still hope for me to discover something I love.

  • Random Guy
    Random Guy Year ago +6142

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge” - Albert Einstein

    • Princess Alia
      Princess Alia 15 hours ago

      Exactly 💯

    • Chihiro Fujisaki
      Chihiro Fujisaki 23 days ago

      And that's really saying something because Albert Einstein was a high school dropout

    • A Pei
      A Pei Month ago

      based on the fact that he already knew a lot of knowledge, knowledge is important guys but many people used all of their intelligence on knowledge have none left to imagination, great people like Einstein is born to be smarter

    • Phillip Benoit
      Phillip Benoit 2 months ago

      He probably didn't say that 🤣 but point taken😉

  • Guba
    Guba Year ago +5

    I did that by not doing homework and now every time i try doing it i'm overcome by immense stress and guilt of not doing homework earlier and now i'm mentally incapable of doing homework. 😎

    ÎŽĀNĀGΠYear ago +3

    Now I wanna become a teacher. So that I can encourage students

  • S- HOST
    S- HOST 6 months ago

    Exactly what happened to me, in the summer I kept on having ideas on how to save the planet and was becoming more and more successful. Since school has started, I felt as if my intelligence has gotten down.

  • _Enc3ladus
    _Enc3ladus Year ago +6

    I'm gonna be honest
    The only knowledge I'll ever use is mostly from internet than from school

  • Hassan
    Hassan Year ago +2987

    “We go to school everyday. We learn pointless things, but we are never taught how to love ourselves. We aren’t taught how to make moments last. But I think the most unfair thing, is that at the end of high school, we are tested on something we were never taught. We have to stand in front of each other and say GOODBYE.” -Me

    • Davey Buckyou
      Davey Buckyou 22 days ago

      Oh my God that is so true. And breaks my heart.

    • That Commentator Dude
      That Commentator Dude Month ago

      Your smart

    • Marcelo Solar Alister
      Marcelo Solar Alister Month ago +1

      @Sweet girl 678 you know i think school should have a subject all about different things in life like how to start a business that could spark a passion within students for an area.

    • Sweet girl 678
      Sweet girl 678 Month ago

      I totally agree but in my School we have a subject called life's project in which we are taught how to love ourselfs and things like that. But what you said is true they only teach that we gotta have a career , so there's a lot of pressure basically

    • Marcelo Solar Alister
      Marcelo Solar Alister Month ago

      @Mohammad sabit hard when you are constantly frowned down upon when you dont get a perfect score on a test or dont fall in line with the path school teaches because we atribute our self worth to our work

  • Life Is Poetry
    Life Is Poetry Year ago +1

    I just got out of college two years ago! It was bleh, because I wanted to learn all I could-but instead I was rushed, and forget half of what I absorbed in.