But based on data from 2006, the researchers found that even though teachers in the United States were contracted to teach an average of 1,080 hours during the school year, they actually worked less than teachers in Japan and Germany, when working time was defined to include work-related activities in addition to classroom teaching.
The Group of Eight, or G-8, includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Longer school days and school years are part of President Obama’s strategy to improve the United States’ education system.
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