But I'm going to be an antagonist here, because of what the book says at the end:
She leaves her own two children... at 5:25 AM to ride the bus with her students and is not home until 8:00 PM. After spending time with her family, she often flips open her laptop and e-mailes until late in the evening.I don't intend to excuse myself from good teaching practices, but that's insane. Either they're exaggerating and that is an extenuating circumstance rather than a common practice, or I feel very sorry for her family.
Or maybe I'm just lazy and using my family as an excuse to not work that hard.