Bob Compton, executive producer, Two Million Minutes (#333)
Executive producer Bob Compton, a venture capital investor, talks about Two Million Minutes, a documentary on how the three superpowers of the 21st century—China, India, and the United States—are preparing their students for the future. Two Million Minutes (the number of minutes in one’s life during four years of high school) follows six students, a boy and a girl from each country, to find out how they allocate their time during their senior year.
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Compton talks about what sparked his interest in global competitiveness in education. He noticed that the companies he invested in began sending their high-wage, high-talent technical jobs to India and China. After visiting schools in India and speaking to teenagers the same age as his daughters, Compton realized that high school students in the United States are two to three years behind their Indian peers in math, physics, world history, and many other subjects.
Compton discusses factors that contribute to U.S. students falling behind, including time spent watching television, length of the school year, athletics, and the number of activities in a student’s schedule.
Finally, Compton offers solutions to making American students more competitive in the global market and explains why education should be a major issue in the current presidential campaign.