Another thread got me thinking. This past year, the media and the public in general have definitely put teachers through the ringer. These are the most common things I've heard: -Overpaid/tax payers pay too much for our benefits -Only work part time (not even an 8 hour day) -Summer vacation and holidays off -Union protection -Students aren't doing well on standardized test scores So just theoretically, what do you think would have to happen for the public to say "okay, now this is fair." I guess we could say lower salaries/less benefits/no unions. What about time off though? What could schools possibly do (again, theoretically, I know in reality no one can afford a pay cut) that would make people feel like teachers work as many days/hours as they should? Would people want school in the summer and only off for major holidays (meaning their kids would be at school during that time too?) Or would they want us to have to come in and do some sort of planned work over the summer? I just can't figure out what actually would make these people happy- what are they realistically expecting?