One of the often repeated myths is that teachers don't do a full years worth of work. It's not a surprise to teachers, but let's set the record straight.
via American Society Today
According to a 2008 report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), American primary-school educators spend 1,913 hours working a year including hours teachers spend on work at home and outside of the classroom. Data from a Labor Department survey that same year showed that the average full-time employee in the United States worked 1,932 hours spread over 48 weeks.
The OECD reported that primary-school educators spent 1,097 hours a year teaching in the classroom--the most of any of the 27 members nations tracked.
Proving that teachers work the same number of hours as the average worker in the United States. Check out the link for graphs
Link to OECD report: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/23/46/41284038.pdf
Link to Wall Street Journal Article: "U.S. Teachers' Hours Among World's Longest"