For real, they complain about working more than 40 hours for a salary job. Every salary job I have worked required more than 40 hours.
Just because they're in classes for 40 hours a week doesn't mean the work stops there. They are required to work duty stations before and after school and rotate their lunches.
Do teachers grade papers/tests or make lesson plans while they're in classes? No. Do HS teachers teach the exact same class every period? No. Usually they teach 2 or 3 different ones... So that means lesson plans, creating/grading assignments and tests for multiple subjects. My mother has been a teacher for more than half her life. Even with an extensive bank of questions that she can mix and match to create multiple tests (to prevent cheating) per class each subject each year... She spends between one and three hours 5 days a week AT HOME as part of her job. Teachers work a lot more than you think they do.
She teaches 3 American History and 2 World History classes for the year (Some regular, Some Gifted/AP) and usually splits her 6th period between Free Enterprise and Civics (sometimes Geography) a semester apiece. During major exams... She spends WELL over 3 hours a day at home grading essays and tests.
This post was edited on 11/17 at 11:51 pm