However, based on previous comments, you have to make a distinction between (i) school days – these are legislative days as per country policy documents, which will be different for teachers and students, (ii) school teaching and learning days – these will be reflected in the curriculum design policy documents, and (iii) actual teaching and learning days – these are the actual days spent by teachers in teaching, facilitating learning and formative assessments. Hours spent in school per day are fairly low and class sizes are small. For instance, some countries, like Belgium and Germany, have different states that actually have numbers that vary slightly up or down. By the way… in Europe US AP classes are considered “normal curriculum”, and most people I know who studied in the EU and the US don’t even think US college is comparable to EU/German college/university. And even more important: The “final secondary-school examinations” are not just scores from the final year or one single test (ala SAT), but the average of the last 3 years (!). In South Africa the school days are around 200 (197 for 2015 but 199 for 2016 for students, however 4 more for teachers). Where did you collect this data from? Overall, students in Ireland ranked 17 out of 65 countries when it comes to reading, math, and science, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. They have almost 3 months summer break, and 4 weeks of vacation in between 4 terms that comprise the school year. And I would say that their kids are better educated than ours. How much homework do they give? Fine cheeses and 19th-century art movements are all well and good, but a school day off in the middle of the week is their best contribution to society since mayonnaise. Swedish folks have the right idea. In the past decades, students came to the United States to study, and often they stayed. Finland not only has some of the world’s brightest children, but some of the luckiest. Nor are all U.S. school hours created equal. It all started with changing their education system, which they overhauled in the past decade. The schools in northern Michigan often use all of their snow days, which means they are only in class 170 days a year. Many schools integrate subjects, meaning they combine two or more academic subjects. The second … I didn’t try to compare hours a child spends on a school bench. That’s just common sense. Chile has the highest average amount of school days worldwide for primary school students. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/25/school-lunches-around-the-world_n_6746164.html. Toyota, Sony, Honda, Mitsubishi. School days elsewhere in the world are in fact radically different from ours. Final exams are held in the first week of June. The assumption is that whether a kid is in private or public school, in the U.S. or Japan or France, the number of hours in a school day and school days in a year are essentially the same. The assumption is that whether a kid is in private or public school, in the U.S. or Japan or France, the number of hours in a school day and school days in a year are essentially the same. I would venture to say that quality over quantity applies here as well. I spent an hour googling, found a number of tables and stats, and only used those stats where two or more sources agreed. In England, local authority maintained schools must open for at least 380 sessions (190 days) during a school year. High school just doesn’t prepare you for college at all, if you don’t want to be prepared, short: AP courses for example. I would agree that number of days does not equate to better educated kids. 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Furthermore, you don’t specify whether your statistics are for primary or secondary education , I believe this can give a more accurate îcture of the quality of education http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading, […] School Days Around the World | Norbert Haupt […], […] School Days Around the World | Norbert Haupt __________________ . You’d think with what you’ve heard about the rigors of Japanese schools, they would have the most homework. Adding days or hours is a placebo at best . Therefore it is important that countries ‘get deeper’ into the numbers rather than superficially ‘believing’ that their children are really getting the days they deserve. […] most while South East Asians are 2nd, again this is recent Science that has just come out. From year one to year six, students spend about 12 hours a week working on math and English. In Japan it is a mixture between social pressure (being good in school was never “uncool” there, but the way to go for everybody) and the pressure of getting into a good college. (given length of school day are significantly different between countries, I think Itlay also finish at 13h/14h). The school year allows for six snow days, which do not need to be made up. Term dates are determined by school employers. I think the main problem of the US school system is in the standarts of the education itself, not soo much the hours.