Originally Posted by pr_capone
You don't know any teachers... do you?
That 180 days bullshit is the biggest lie you will ever be told. My wife works longer hours and more weekends, willingly and for no additional pay, than anyone I know. She takes 3 weeks off per year and the rest of the time she is working on personal development so that she be a better and more effective educator.
Any teacher out there that does nothing but the bare minimum... is guaranteed a super shitty teacher.
The snow days myth is a nice one too. Those days have to be made up. It's not like when it snows we just get to say the heck with the day.
With my job, I do an additional 100-250 pages of paperwork on each student I have. I get between 15-20 students each school year. A 40 minute prep period where I'm typically working one-on-one with a student does not account for that.
Society has a pretty awful perception of teachers.