(一) Americans like to think of themselves as martyrs to work. They delight in telling stories about their pushing hours, and they even marvel at the laziness of their European cousins, particularly the French. But
when it comes to the young the situation is_31_. American children have it easier than most other
children in the world, including the_32_lazy Europeans. They have one of the shortest school years
anywhere, a mere 180 days_33_with an average of 195 of OECD (The Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development) and more than 200 for East Asian countries. German children spend 20 more days in school than American ones, and South Koreans over a month more. Over 12 years, a 15-day _34_means American children lose out on 180 days of school,_35_an entire year.