2 Million Minutes: A Panel Discussion

Derrick Lopez, Chief of High School Reform, Pittsburgh Public Schools
William Isler, School Board President, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Rachel Bird, Senior Policy Analyst, Strong American Schools ED in '08 Campaign

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (All day)

The Learning Policy Center and Strong American Schools ED in '08 Campaign sponsored a screening of 2 Million Minutes, a provocative documentary about how the three superpowers of the 21st Century - China, India, and the United States - are preparing their students for the future. Strong American Schools ED in '08 campaign senior staff discussed the presidential candidates' education agendas and the role of education in the election, and Pittsburgh Public School leaders provided a local perspective to this important national discussion.

During the panel discussion, portions of the video were played.  The panel's goal was to tell the broader story of the universal importance of education today, and to address what many are calling a crisis for U.S. schools regarding chronically low scores in math and science indicators.

About the Film:
Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, the clock starts ticking. From that very moment the child has approximately Two Million Minutes until high school graduation. Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation. Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career. Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult.

This film follows six students from China, India and the United States, composing a global snapshot of education, from the viewpoint of kids preparing for their future. The goal of the documentary is to tell the broader story of the universal importance of education today, and address what many are calling a crisis for U.S. schools regarding chronically low scores in math and science indicators.