I exchanged a series of emails with the middle school principal this year on the subject of the new Lucy Calkins reading program (which entails and extra period of ELA 3 times a week, I believe).
There are just two required novels in 7th grade, both of which have a 5th grade reading level. (One is The Outsiders - same novel Chris had to read in 7th grade 6 years ago.)
Then, in 8th grade, students all 'read' Midsummer Night's Dream.
Every student in the school goes from reading 5th grade level books to post-graduate Shakespeare in one year.
I asked Chris about it, and he said he thinks they watched a video of Midsummer Night's Dream when he was in 8th grade.
I wish someone had taught me.
That said, I've come to feel that American kids are spending far too much time in school. I'd like to see much more efficient direct instruction over a much shorter period of time.
I think kids in Singapore attend school from age 6 to 16, right?
Not sure how many go on to college.
We had a group of sisters come through my college, as their father had worked out that they could be admitted to a US College and graduate a year earlier than they would have in Singapore. She decided to enter mid-year, in January, and graduated before she was 20.