That's pretty bad. If you look at Americas education system, the curriculum of New York State compared to Alabama or most southern states is 1.5 grades higher. So 6th graders in New York are smarter then 8th graders in Alabama. I think the real reason there are less dropouts in Japan is because all the girls wear those hot schoolgirl outfits. Who WOULDN'T want to go to school and see that? As for attending school on Saturday, I don't think you will ever see more then a 5 day school week in the states. I'm really not surprised that Japan is ahead of us in the education department. Look at all the stuff they've contributed to the world of technology.