[caption id="attachment_121701" align="alignleft" width="215"] Andraka, the 16-year-old who developed the cancer test, says he might be done with school. Photo: James Duncan Davidson.[/caption]

These days, it seems even the masses—the Silicon Valley masses, specifically—have an education-focused mindset, and to prove that point, this year’s TED Talks focused on education in particular.

And it wasn’t just the “old guys” talking about data or assessments. Rather, the conference—titled “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.”—highlighted the brilliant minds of some of the most inventive, and just plain genius, high schoolers in the world.

These young...

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