We are proud to announce the completion of a breakthrough documentary, Two Million Minutes – A Global Examination.
Eighteen months in the making, this film chronicles the lives of six high school students in three countries around the world – The United States, India and China. Observing the various pressures and priorities of these students, their schools and their families provides insight into the changing nature of competition in the knowledge economy.
This film supplements the view with a world-class group of experts who elaborate on the differences in education among the countries and discuss implications for America.
Interviewees include Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Congressman Bart Gordon, (D-TN), U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology, Vivek Paul, former CEO of WiPro technologies of India, Tim Draper, Managing Director of Silicon Valley venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Vivien Stewart, Chinese Education Specialist at the Asia Society, Richard Freeman, a Harvard University economist and Vivek Wadhwa - Executive-in-Residence at Duke University.
This documentary film was conceived while traveling throughout India and Southeast Asia in 2005 and 2006. This hour-long documentary explores how each culture’s educational priorities and norms are adopted and accepted by schools, family and the students. The stark differences in attitude, effort and priorities of these students’ high school experiences offer important clues to the future of economic competition in the 21st century.
I invite you to view the trailer and participate in the dialog on what parents, American schools and students should do to remain competitive in the 21st Century.