We are the only country in the industrialize world where students go to school 180 days a year. In most countries students attend school 8 hrs a day 220 days a year. In CA teachers have a pacing guide that they have to follow for the core subjects. They do not have time to teach all the fluff. Some states are cutting back on the number of days that students go to school. This is not the fault of the unions. Teachers in other countries are given far more respect than teachers in this country. Please don't say its because the ones in the US are dumber.