Hours in school

I came across this WSJ story in another blog post. The story reports data indicating that U.S. teachers spend more time in schools than the other countries that were studied. I guess this surprises me given the recent notion that students are not spending enough time learning and one answer may be extending the school day.

Despite the amount of time that teachers spend working, student achievement in the U.S. remains average in reading and science and slightly below average in math when compared to other nations in a separate OECD report. That remains a concern as education is one of the most important ways a country can foster long-term economic growth.

I have to admit these data surprised me and seem to represent a challenge to the notion of not enough time spent.

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