My radio station plays national news every hour, and earlier this week the lead story was "Teachers are missing more days of work than ever. One national study found that teachers are missing an average of 11 days." First of all, why in the he11 are teachers singled out for a national study? Do people care how many days accountants are out of the office? How about dentists? My husband's company gives its upper level management 4 weeks of vacation per year. 4 weeks. Plus they get "A" days, which means absent for any reason-a total of 10. And most of them take it all. So if teachers miss an average of 11 days, and have a 185 day contract, that is 5.9%. If your average manager takes all 30 days off, and works about 260 days per year...11.5%. And yada yada yada, it's hard on the kids, disrupts the flow of the classroom-whatever. Kids are adaptable-or need to learn how to be. For cryin' out loud, we can't put kids in this perfect little bubble and expect them to be able to function outside of it. Here's one link to the article if you want to look. Gee, I wonder what reasons teachers in large, inner city school districts would have to take that many days off per year? Paltry pay? Disruptive kids? Unsupportive administration? Dangerous surroundings? Come on, teach, toughen up.