That was more of a joke title but seriously, HS students in East Asia are real victims of spartan education that is not only unreasonable but also ineffective. I've heard horror tales of Korean students, particularly the graduating class- equivalent to 12th graders here, averaging something like 4 hours or less of sleep. They wake up, go to school, go to "learning centers" similar to Sylvan learning centers some spoiled kids may go to here to receive "real" education, since the teachers are horribly equipped to actually teach. Then they go to another one of those learning centers, or go to library, study til it closes, and then go home around 12. At that point, they review what they learned that day at home and go to sleep around 3. It is interesting to note that it's not like they learn really much of anything. They memorize completely useless facts like the elements on periodic table and their Z number, or about some plant seed that is useful for farming, or what some stupid rule in English grammar is, etc. So by the time they get to college, where the real learning is supposed to start, most people are allergic to academics, and idle their way out of college. Now of course, no HS student can actually stay focused all that time, I imagine, so I just wonder how they do it? I'm a Korean American by the way, and I've only heard of the Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese students going through the same rigors. I just wonder what happens to the late bloomers too, those who are not motivated about learning in general until they are past 20 years of age. You see so many of those people applying to med school, go through it and become doctors. You would never see such things in Korea, where unless you got into med school right out of highschool, you could never get in. Boy am I glad I went to school in United States.