‘lazy’ teachers clock more hours than their critics

Public employees, particularly teachers, have come under attack recently by politicians who don’t want to raise taxes on wealthy supporters who assert that these workers cost too much, work too little and are generally expendable. A study released recently by Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation refutes this characterization suggesting that, when it comes to teachers, taxpayers are getting a bargain. The study, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession, found that America’s teachers work longer hours than most workers, averaging 53 hours per week. Many teachers work even longer hours if they supervise extracurricular activities. Teachers […]

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