Apr 25 2008

“Two Million Minutes”

Published by at 11:04 pm under Education

Order the DVD – Two Million Minutes

Just how flat is the world? I was chatting with a friend from my youth via Facebook’s new chat feature last night. We went to Carmel High School together in the upscale suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana, until I moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during my sophomore year. It has been 12 years since I had chatted with this friend. It turns out she’s become an elementary school teacher herself in Indianapolis, and she was surprised and excited to hear that I’d become a teacher and was working here in Shanghai.

Sarah directed my attention to a film she had just seen that she thought I might be interested in. I am posting the trailer here, because I’m dying to know if anyone out there has seen this film. I am particularly interested in it because it features students from both Carmel High School, where I did my first year and a half of my own “2 million minutes” (the name of the film refers to the number of minutes in the four years it takes to get through high school) before moving overseas as a 10th grader, as well as students here in Shanghai and Bangalore, India. The theme appears to be the vast divide in the content covered in the US vs. in developing countries with whom tomorrow’s graduates will be competing in the global economy.

Here’s the trailer. If anyone’s seen this film, please leave your comments here. I am ordering the DVD myself as I write this!

Two Million Minutes Trailer

About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

24 responses so far

24 Responses to ““Two Million Minutes””

  1. Timon 26 Apr 2008 at 4:21 am

    I missed something. Did you provide a link on how to order?

  2. Jason Welkeron 26 Apr 2008 at 4:30 am

    Tim, sorry, I forgot about that… the link has been added above, thanks for pointing that out!


  3. Kai Lin Fuon 27 Apr 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Wow , awesome use of rhetorical strategies in this trailer. Definitely going to watch this documentary.

  4. Kai Lin Fuon 27 Apr 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Wow, awesome use of rhetorical strategies. Definitely going to watch this documentary.

  5. michcloseon 27 Apr 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Can't wait to watch it.

    Ms. Close

  6. michcloseon 27 Apr 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Can't wait to watch it. My past students in the US should see this.

    Ms. Close

  7. MichaelChowon 28 Apr 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I really enjoyed the overall idea of this documentary being in an American School in China myself I feel I kind of get the best of two worlds. Anyways this documentary definitely seems like a must watch! Can’t wait to see who will prevail in using their time the wisest!

  8. Jo Loon 28 Apr 2008 at 9:11 pm

    My internet sucks so I can’t watch any videos from anything, but after reading the intro and what every one else said, I wouldn’t mind watching it.

  9. howardlinon 28 Apr 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Wow this is cool

  10. Jessica Ngon 28 Apr 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Oooh this sounds really interesting. I love how the subtitles are completely off when the Chinese girl is supposedly talking about "time management" and going home and playing the violin when she's saying that she has so much fun rehearsing and cooperating with her friends hahaha…

  11. jacqueszhangon 28 Apr 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Echo to Kailin, that's some really good use of rhetorical strategies. I think it's kind of sad how the education system in the US does seem to be relatively laid back. This serious lack of education could lead to some problems in the future..

  12. Claire Moonon 28 Apr 2008 at 8:49 pm

    My youtube can only play it till when she says

    "It looks like the American student's life is like…" and then it stops…

    I should try it nex time =[

  13. Kristie Chungon 28 Apr 2008 at 10:57 pm

    This would be really interesting to watch.

  14. Mondon 28 Apr 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Well first of all, i want to point out that the translations for the Chinese part is totally off. I think this would be an interesting video to watch.

  15. Calvin Luon 29 Apr 2008 at 12:42 am

    although the video is still loading, but it sounds like an interesting movie to watch just from Welker's introduction. I think I can find the "hacked" version on the internet

  16. alicesuon 29 Apr 2008 at 12:58 am

    can we watch this in class after ap exams are over? it looks so interesting!

  17. Jennifer Choion 29 Apr 2008 at 1:37 am

    Aw my internet sucks. It's taking forever to load this thing..haha i should watch it after my ap exams are over haha

  18. Chris Seahon 29 Apr 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I think those of us who have experienced different studying attitudes in the US and the rest of the world notice quite a large difference. I heard the Indian lady call the American syllabus "light" and I felt like I just got stabbed in the chest.

    In any case, it's the desperate (if that's the right word) attitude of those in developing nations to improve their standard of living that drives them to do so well. I am sitting complacently in my comfortable room listening to music streaming from my laptop. Not to be elitist, but this whole onslaught of new, intelligent college applicants is starting to terrify me. I mean, high school already isn't high school anymore thanks to overcompetetiveness that involves taking five college courses each year. Thanks guys, I owe the occasional white hair that sprouts on my scalp to you!

  19. Trevor Sunon 29 Apr 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Well Chris that just the way some people are, but I agree with you theres quite a noticeable difference when talking with people of different nations. Studying abroad definitly changed the way I view the world but it doesn't create a barrier between me and my friends back in Canada. This will be quite interesting to watch if someone gets a copy.

  20. Jinnyon 29 Apr 2008 at 8:34 pm

    lets watch it in class!!! hehe or maybe in AP lang, since we're all learning about rhetorical strategies in documentaries…

    HAHA "I always try on glasses when I'm bored.."

  21. Jessicaon 29 Apr 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I really want to watch this! Haha I wonder how Ms. Close's former student…Tim?? will react to this documentary.

  22. calebon 29 Apr 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I'm scared. I think the US should wage war on the rest of the world, then scratch out its current education system, and replace it with a new one. Can and also can't wait to see this.

  23. Annie Sungon 30 Apr 2008 at 1:03 am

    This documentary is a good way to see into different cultures. Growing up in an international school, it's always interesting to observe newly overseas classmates and their culture shock, then their understanding and embrace of the new culture. The Chinese girl in the trailer completes the typical Chinese stereotype – yes, we are all workaholics and know at least one instrument 🙂 Kidding…sort of.

  24. Harry patelon 07 May 2009 at 1:50 am

    Well, its all matter of motivation that a child gets at his/her early age…Americans are motivated more towards sports more than the education where its vice versa in india and china where most of the doctors and engineers come from a poor background…..when u know education or simply say being engineer,scientist or a doctor is the only passport out of poverty…u will work hard ur butt off….and another thing is the competition which produces great engineers in such developing countries..