2 Million Minutes: A Documentary Calculating the Educational Divide

Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, the clock starts ticking. From that very moment the child has approximately Two Million Minutes until high school graduation…Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation…Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career…Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult. How a student spends their Two Million Minutes - in class, at home studying, playing sports, working, sleeping, socializing or just goofing off — will affect their economic prospects for the rest of their lives. How do most American high school students spend this time? What about students in the rest of the world? How do family, friends and society influence a student’s choices for time allocation? What implications do their choices have on their future and on a country’s economic future? This film takes a deeper look at how the three superpowers of the 21st Century - China, India and the United States - are preparing their students for the future. (2mminutes.com)
Year Released
Running Time
54 minutes
Date Released
Broken Pencil Productions
United States of America
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)


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Must See Film for Geography and Sociology Students

Field of Interest/Specialty: Geography
Posted On: 01/11/2016

Two Million Minutes provides viewers with a comparative look at the lives of high school students across three very different cultures and educational settings. The film contains easy-to-follow stories of real high school students in the United States, India, and China. The film is appropriate for both middle and high school students; however, high school students will be better able to grasp the many levels of cultural and educational comparisons that the film presents. High school students will also be able to relate with the students in the film. Little prior knowledge is needed before viewing but the film provides an excellent opportunity for students to research basic information about the countries. At 54 minutes, it is set up nicely to flow through two typical class periods and allow for discussion and debriefing time on both days. The film is an excellent addition for courses in Geography (India, China, Regional Studies), Sociology (Socialization, Social Institutions), or International Issues (Education).

Great cultural comparative!

Field of Interest/Specialty: History
Posted On: 05/07/2012

What an awesome cultural comparative of education and youth in the United States, China, and India. 2 Million Minutes looks into 6 high school student’s daily lives and analyzes how they use their time between 9th grade and 12th grade, which is a little over 2,000,000 minutes. This video would be great for a World Cultures class or Current Issues class when discussing the rise of China and India, and the perceived fall of America. Students should be engaged throughout the film as it does a great job to relate educational goals and teenage life in the 3 countries. The film should also lead to great classroom discussions on the future of America and our current educational practices. The video, to some, seems to be basis towards the charter movement. However I still feel this film to be an excellent example of cultural trends in the world today.