As you view Two Million Minutes one of the most obvious differences seen in India and China in the education of children has nothing to do with the school system whatsoever.
In India and China, parents take primary responsibility for their child's education. Parents set high expectations for academic achievement, they require studying be done, they make academic excellence the most important aspect of life at home.
Indian and Chinese parents organize their own lives around making certain their child is studying, getting extra tutoring, developing their intellectual skills to the highest level possible. They invest a lot of time, energy and money in their own child's education.
Indian and Chinese parents treat academics the way many American parents treat sports. In America, it is common for parents to spend money on extra coaching or a sports camp or better equipment. Parents get engaged on their child's sports program - traveling to games, volunteering to help coach, donating money for better athletic facilities. And they celebrate athletic achievement with pride, compliments and encouragement.
Indian and Chinese parents put the same emphasis on academics and intellectual preparation. As the father of the Indian student Aproova so eloquently puts it - "My responsibility as a parent is to ensure that my daughters are globally competitive and that they can face the world fearlessly and able to compete."
How many American parents, when asked what their role is in their child's education would answer "to ensure that they are globally competitive"?
How many American parents have given much thought to their role in their child's education and then taken concrete action?
In India and China, parents are deeply involved in their child's education - and that seems to make a profound difference in how much their children learn in school.