Thursday, August 25, 2011

Report: US teachers have one of longest work weeks in the world

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You know how those lazy, overpaid and underachieving US teachers are hogging all the job benefits and destroying the economy and whatnot? At least, that’s what it seems like at times, to hear the Right talk about it. And yet, the latest statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seem to paint quite a different picture, as it turns out that American educators actually have one of the longest and most productive work weeks on average of all the world’s developed nations:

Graph: “At the Blackboard: Average number of hours primary-school teachers spend per year on instruction” with “U.S.” at #1 spot with “1,097” hours (Note: 2008; latest data available / Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

Of course, all those many long hours are probably just spent sleeping off their hangovers during class and staying in late to watch the ball game on the 60-inch plasma TV in the teacher’s lounge whilst yearning for daily paychecks and paid vacations to Cuba. Or something.

(via @todayspolitics)