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ERIC Number: EJ782676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-9
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Film Depicts China, India Besting U.S. in Schooling
Trotter, Andrew
Education Week, v27 n17 p1, 12-13 Jan 2008
U.S. students spend too little time and effort on academics in high school, compared with harder-working young people in China and India, according to a new documentary being shown to "thought leaders" in states holding presidential primaries this winter. The documentary, conceived and financed by high-tech entrepreneur Robert A. Compton, suggests that the difference in the way students use their roughly "two million minutes" in high school will seriously affect their economic futures and that of the United States. "Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination" makes that point by giving viewers glimpses into the lives of six obviously talented students--two from each of the three countries--as they complete their senior years of high school. The two Americans, who attend Carmel High School, in Carmel, Indiana, outside of Indianapolis, seem casual about their studies and unconcerned about competition for jobs, compared with their overseas counterparts. Those students from China and India are depicted as studying much longer hours, including on weekends. They are shown pouring their energies into science, mathematics, and computer programming--which the film presents as the most economically valuable disciplines--as well as the arts. Though the one-hour film has not been broadcast nationally, it has been embraced by ED in '08, a philanthropy-funded campaign aiming to elevate educational improvement as an issue in this year's presidential election.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China; India; United States