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Essay on the film 2 million minutes

The film “2 Million Minutes” explores how average students in the US, China and India go through high school and spend their time. From the very beginning the filmmaker tries to address that the USA requires stronger educational values to compete in a global economy and cites the example of two typical American students Neil and Brittany. Their studying experience together with expert comments and statistic data exhibit the decrease of academic standarts and educational motivation. As it is underlined in the film, times are changing, and these days the US rank 24 in mathematics and have fallen far behind some of Third World countries in the rate of growth. Akin to most American students, Neil and Brittany look like uninspired youth that fit the model of television programs and don’t put much effort on academics in high school, spending much time on sport, videogames, sitting in front of the TV and having fun. Reversely, studying is the top priority for many harder-working Chinese and Indian students, who look upon education as a way out of poverty, as a path to career and therefore pose a threat to American students' job prospects in the U.S. Experiencing severe competition and relentless pressure from their parents, they seem to be cooped up studying and devote every possible minute to most promising and economically significant academic fields: mathematics, biology and physics. As a result, by the end of high school American students spent half as much hours on studying as Chinese and 2 000 hours less than Indian. And yet, for justice sake to be said, there are many in China and India deeply unsatisfied with their education system in whole and the overzealousness of parents in pushing their children to become academic superstars particularly. Educational situation in Russia is passing presently through a crisis far…...

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