To be clear, I am not arguing that the summer is not ridiculously long. And I am not saying that teachers can't or won't work more. All I am saying is that its not a magic solution to say to extend the school year because that will cost the schools money that they will need to pass onto the parents. Teachers won't be slaves to society and just suck up more work for the same money to help other overextended parents. I don't know where anyone came up with the notion that teachers are getting free money for vacation days and for June.