Halfajack I totally agree with what you just said, the only flaw is that we live in a crazy education world where we are putting all the pressure on teachers. Some smart A*s politician will think if teachers had more prep time (we are asking for it) then attainment would be raised, lets do a week in the summer. The SG is putting pressure on all teachers to "close the gap" at the same time they are cutting budgets. They are wanting teachers to solve the problems of society. We all know that this is not the answer. We know it is a lot deeper and that education (or the 3x50min I spend with your child) is just a very small part of it. Why would we be asked to work more? Because politicians will gain public (voter) support.