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Equipped To Be

Apr 21, 2021

Is school driving out your child's creativity? Is a formal degree the only way to a fulling or financially rewarding career? Is your child's degree making your child unhirable?


After fifteen years of teaching college students, Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang quit her job as a professor.


Kids are taught they need a college education to enjoy a fulling or financially rewarding life. But that isn't true! Dr. Ai believes we might be doing a disservice to our kids by telling them college is the only way to succeed or that college education might be making them unhirable in the real world.


Today's kids need permission to do everything. Kids are so afraid of making a mistake or not getting an "A" that don't try! They don't know how to think on their own. Our current educational system is driving the creativity, innovation, and curiosity out of our children. And we need to change that.


Tune into my conversation with Dr. Ai we discuss the loss of child creativity.


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About Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang

Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. Ai is the founder of Classroom Without Walls, an alternative school to future-proof the next generation. Ai is also an Adobe Insider, Adobe Education Leader, and HubSpot Academy Instructor. Dr. Ai’s work has been featured in Forbes, Inside Higher Education, Pearson Education, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, & others. Additionally, Dr. Ai hosts two weekly live streaming shows, where she interviews industry leaders in Business and Education, such as Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. Dr. Ai additionally serves as a SEMrush Webinar guest and host. Dr. Ai frequently speaks at academic and industry conferences, including Inbound, VidCon, SEMrush Global Marketing Day, Social Media Day, Social Media Week Lima (the largest social media marketing conference in the midwest), and others.