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Two Million Minutes: documentary on education released
Bangalore | Monday, Dec 29 2008 IST
 
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A documentary film titled 'Two Million Minutes' which provides an in-depth look into how students in the United States allocate their high school years compared to India and China was released here today.

Executive Producer of the short-film Mr Robert A Compton said it provides a deeper view into how the three superpowers of the 21st century China, India and the United Staets are preparing their students for the future. Both India and China have made dramatic leap in educating their middle classes, each comparable in size to the entire size of U.S population, he said.

He said compared to U.S, China now produces more scientists and engineers while India produces more numbers than the U.S. ''Given the affordability of their wages, China and India are now preferred destinations for increasing numbers of multinational high-tech corporations'', he said. Stating that Parents both in China and India contribute their might to shape their children's career keenly, Mr Compton said this was, however, gradually dwindling in U.S.

Presenting the scenario on higher education in U S, he said less than 40 per cent of U.S students take up a science course, and a mere 18 per cent take up advanced classed in physics, chemistry or biology. Only 45 per cent of U.S students take math courses.

Additionally, 50 per cent of all U.S college freshmen require remedial coursework, he said.

-- (UNI) -- 29MS20.xml

 

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