Married to a third grade teacher. She worked much harder than I did as a nurse in surgery. In before the kids arrive and not home until well after. Papers to correct, grades to be entered. No time to do that stuff when kids are in school. Sure, she got holidays and summers. Imagine this in your own job... Teachers can't just leave the room and take that 15 min break that most states mandate. you know the law that says an employee gets a lunch and two 15 min breaks? She got a half hour lunch and that's it. So, there you are at your job. You go in at 7:30 and NEVER leave your desk-cubicle-whatever for the next 5 hrs. you get 30 mins to take care of lunch & personal business and repeat it for the afternoon.