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Dear John Kasich: Here's What Teachers Actually Do In Their Lounges

Hint: It is not where they "sit together and worry about, oh woe is us."

Last Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich lashed out at an unlikely target: teachers lounges.

While speaking at the New Hampshire education summit -- an event attended by Republican presidential candidates and sponsored by education news outlet The Seventy Four and the American Federation for Children -- Kasich said he would abolish all teachers lounges if he had the power. 

"If I were not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers lounges, where they sit together and worry about, oh woe is us," Kasich said after complaining about teachers unions. 

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor's comment on teachers lounges were part of a larger metaphor.

"He thinks teachers have far more support in their communities than they sometimes give themselves credit for and they shouldn't pay attention to the small number of pot-stirrers in their ranks who try to leverage problems for political gain," Nichols said in a statement, per CNN. "Anyone thinking he was making a comment on buildings or school architecture or space usage might need to look up the word 'metaphor' in a dictionary."

Even if Kasich was speaking about teachers lounges metaphorically, we had to ask educators on Facebook and Twitter: What actually happens in these rooms?

The answer, it seems, is mostly work, work and more work, that is, if they still have lounges in their schools at all.

Here's what teachers on Twitter and Facebook said: 

And finally, what may be Kasich's worst nightmare:

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