Number of the Week: U.S. Teachers’ Hours Among World’s Longest
By Phil Izzo1,097: Average number of hours U.S. teachers spend per year on instruction.
Among 27 member nations tracked by the OECD, U.S. primary-school educators spent 1,097 hours a year teaching despite only spending 36 weeks a year in the classroom — among the lowest among the countries tracked. That was more than 100 hours more than New Zealand, in second place at 985 hours, despite students in that country going to school for 39 weeks. The OECD average is 786 hours.
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