Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Teacher work hours around the world

It’s tough to figure out how many total hours teachers work because there is much conflicting data. The OECD has put together numbers for officially assigned teaching hours in many countries. (It’s less tough to figure out “officially assigned teaching hours,” since we don’t have to worry about time spent grading at the kitchen table and the like.)

Turns out the U.S. is way at the high end of teaching hours.

teaching hours around the world

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4 Responses to Teacher work hours around the world

  1. Nordy says:

    How are we at the high end of teacher hours, but not on the high end of measures of student instructional time? Do the countries with more instructional time hire that many more teachers?

    • Dick Startz says:

      Good question. I don’t think it’s due to more teachers, but the OECD source doesn’t give student instructional hours for the U.S. so I don’t have a good answer.

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