EDUC Two Million Minutes

Four years equates to approximately 2 million minutes; some of those minutes fly by and some feel interminably long. How do high school students around the world – those lucky enough to attend high school – spend their 2 million minutes? Before examining ‘high achieving’ students from three countries (USA, China, and India), take a moment to reflect on your own experience and how you spent your 2 million minutes?

Part I: How did you spend your 2 million minutes in HS?

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Using a pie chart and your best memory, approximate the % of time you spent doing various activities in your four years of high school. It might be helpful to think of this in terms of hours dedicated to different activities in a typical week and extrapolate from there.

Here’s an example (feel free to use your own categories and methods of calculation):

II. After you’ve completed your pie chart, please watch the 2016 documentary film: Two Million Minutes (Links to an external site.)

After watching, please respond to the following questions in 1-2 paragraphs per prompt:

1) How did this film confirm or contradict what you’ve read so far in The Smartest Kids in the World?

2) Do you think the portrayals were fair; why or why not?

3) Why do you think this film was produced?


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