I was recently in an online argument about work and people were making some wild statements about 80 hour work-weeks. For example it was said that:
1) Many attending physicians work 80-hour weeks
2) Many people in other professions such as high school teachers work 80-hour weeks
Let me just say that it is not easy to work an 80-hour week. Yes, I often did this in residency, but that's because I took night call. If I did two 30-hour shifts that week, it wasn't that hard to reach 80 hours. That's why physicians can work that many hours fairly easily. Because we work nights.
As far as I know, high school teachers do not take overnight shifts. Yes, they do grading or lesson plans at home, but probably not through the entire night. So that would require working roughly 12 hours a day, every single day, including weekends. So in real time:
If you arrived at school at 7:30AM every morning and had maybe 30 mins of commuting time, you would have to work straight until 8PM every night. No playing with your kids, sitting down for dinner, television, just come home at work till 8PM. And same deal on both Saturday AND Sunday, working from 8AM to 8PM with no breaks. Are there high school teachers that do this? Because I highly doubt it.