The documentary “2 million minutes” compares the lives of six high-achieving high school students: two in the U.S. (Indiana), two in China, and two in India. The title refers to the time that a student spends during the four years of high school.
One obvious contrast between the students is that the American students spend much more time in social activities than the Indian or Chinese students.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this comparison; given their size, it’s almost inevitable that over time, India and China will turn out more engineers and scientists than the U.S. On the other hand, much of the time that students spend in U.S. high schools is wasted. This isn’t to say that we should desire every student to qualify for, say, MIT. But the flat lines we’ve seen in time over the NAEP at the high school level (math, reading) are not encouraging, to say the least.