Date: Oct 2, 2012 7:09 PM
Author: Paul A. Tanner III
Subject: Re: US teachers are overworked and underpaid

On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM, Greg Goodknight <> wrote:
> There is that pesky Federal Dept of Ed study released a decade ago that
> found that, after receiving a baccalaureate, the lower the incoming SAT
> score entering college, the higher the probability they are teaching K-12
> ten years after graduation.
> Winnow out the lower 1/3 of the SAT performers (give some leeway and
> alternate assessments for music, art and PE majors) from the teacher and
> administration corps and see what happens.

For teaching hours, time spent in front of the students under the normal contracted hours, it's only about 620 hours per year in France, about 600 and 600 for Japan and Finland, and about 550 for Korea. For the US it's about 1100.

Do the math. For US teachers it's 6 hours per day 5 days per week, meaning 30 hours per week 36 weeks or for 180 days for a total of 1080 hours per year.

It's essentially half that for these countries above.

Get a public school teaching job to see what's it's like to be a sardine stuffed in a can in terms of time during contracted hours for anything other than being in front of a class.

Lunch time is when you can collaborate with other teachers or plan or whatever, as they have vastly more time in these countries to do? Forget it! You have only a half hour after the bell rings to RUSH to the place where you eat, WOLF down your food as fast as you can, and then RUSH back to your classroom to get there before the bell rings for the next class you have to teach.

Do all this to those teachers in high-scoring countries like Japan, Korea, Finland, and France and watch the international scores of their students collapse.