Preparing Students For the 21st Century

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It's a globalized world, but that doesn't mean we all live the same. Take high school students in the U.S., China and India. Different worlds.

A new documentary takes the two million minutes of high school life and compares them — in Indiana, Shanghai and Bangalore.

It's a little shocking to see. Bright American kids on Xbox and after-school jobs, studying almost as an afterthought. Chinese and Indian kids at the books by 5 a.m., obsessed with science and math and exams and making it. This is up-close and amazing.

This hour, On Point: High school, three ways — India, China, and the USA.Guests:

Bob Compton, venture capitalist and executive producer of the documentary "Two Million Minutes."

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Neil Ahrendt, a freshman at Purdue University studying computer graphics, he's one of the students featured in the documentary.

Vivek Wadhwa, a technology entrepreneur who's founded two technology companies, he's a fellow at Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University. He joins us from New Delhi, where he has been studying the education system.

This program aired on February 25, 2008.


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