2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination (13 Minute Summary)

“2 Million Minutes” is a series of documentary films exploring how students in the United States, India, and the People’s Republic of China spend the nominal 2,000,000 minutes of their high school years.[1]. The film has been supported by Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton.[2]

As of 2009[update], four chapters have been produced.

Chapter 1: 2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination

Chapter 1 describes the different emphasis students, parents, and teachers put on socialization, academic rigor, and discipline in the three countries.

Chapter 2: 2 Million Minutes: In India

Chapter 2 describes the Indian K-12 education system. Filmed one year after Chapter 1, it rejoins the two American students and the two Indian students for a discussion. The film also features an interview with the principal of St. Paul’s English school, Sundari Rao.

Truth (Credit: Google images)

Chapter 3: 2 Million Minutes: In China

Chapter 3 describes the Chinese K-12 education system. Filmed one year after Chapter 1, it rejoins the two American students and the two Chinese students for a discussion. The film also features an interview with the headmaster of Xiwai International school, Dr. Lin.

Chapter 4: 2 Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution

Chapter 4 advocates some solutions for the United States to adopt to become competitive in education.

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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