The spring semester finds our secondary education students in a dynamic curriculum and assessment course with 8 Turkish students, one Australian student, and one Italian student as they go 'International'. What a great opportunity to discuss and debate the issues related international education, the STEM issues in the US and abroad, and the topic of the day. Today we watched and dissected three short segments from the documentary, "2 Million Minutes", a film that takes a close look at how students around the world send their 2 million minutes of high school.
Australian, Josephine, explains how '2 Million Minutes' impacts the educational setting in high schools in her country. Her real question is, "Is there really 2 million minutes in four years? Let's check it out!
As educators, taking a close look at what teens do during their 'free time' from school may help them to understand how these students fair on standardized tests. Did I say standardized test? What test?
Three Turkish students listen carefully as an American student shares what he believes is the problem with education in American schools. He may not know what the real problems are today, but he will get that in student teaching.
A NYC student explaining the schools in his NYC school causes chuckles as he relates the talk and chalk he grew accustomed to.
A local graduate student is amazed at the discussion generated by the film, "2 Million Minutes." Stymied, not one student in the room knows the answer. Neither do educators. Where do we go from here?", he asks, and they say, 'STARBUCKS!"
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