I really don’t understand your point here. Are you saying that teachers are not real people who work hard at their career and deserve the recognition? The whole point on this article is for more understanding from others in the 9-5 world that just because teachers do get time off in the summer, it doesn’t mean it really is time off for every teacher. I’m a high school English teacher. I work more than 80 hours a week with lesson planning, grading papers, preparing for the next day, and getting together resources for my coming lessons. I also spend an inordinate amount of time and money planning events for students because I’m in charge of fundraising at school. If you were to total up the hours I spend doing everything, I’m almost positive that it will equal the same amount of time worked as those who have a 9-5 all year round. Yes, we get paid during the summer for those who opt for the 12 month payment plan, but the money we receive is what’s deducted from our checks throughout the school year, and it’s still usually less money than our pay during the school year, even with the summer pay deduction. So some teachers decide to get paid LESS during the school year to get paid less during the summer. I’m sure you work hard at whatever job you have, but don’t discredit teachers and others who don’t have a traditional 9-5 job for their work.