Originally Posted by Gibonius
Does anybody really believe teachers are working 70-100 hour weeks on average? I don't want to discount the difficulty of the job too much, but come on. The first couple years are rough while you get your feet under you and build lessons, but the time requirements go way down after that unless you want to be a martyr and pour all the extra time in.
They also get a ton of time without students during the school year. Just counted for my hometown school system, 29 vacation or teacher planning days on top of summer vacation, plus about a dozen half days. There are only around 180 actual school days if you add it all up.
Yeah, that poster is stupid and dishonest, starting from the initial premise. The "standard" 8-hour work day is not actually comprised of 8 hours of classroom teaching for any teacher I know (including the teachers at any of the schools, both public and private, my kid has attended in the last ten years). It includes free periods and after-class time for meeting with and helping students, etc. Even with new math you don't get to double-count hours like that.