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I think you've got a lot to be sore about, JD. You're right about the attitude to immigrants (and this is only better for EU citizens from the older countries of the Union), and also the ageism (specially notable in France). And arbitrary administrative mistakes that screw things up (I remember one, in 1985 precisely - January that year was absolutely the damn coldest time I've known - that put off for several years the moment when I'll be able to claim a little minimum retirement pension; no going back on it, nothing I can do). I'm sorry this is happening to you.

I hope the possible teaching job works out. It sounds like the kind of help you need.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 05:12:33 PM EST
well, what can you do?

I have a lot of people who would argue for me that I would make a good addition to German/European society but the law is the law.

I hope the teaching works out too (they're in the planning phases for next semester now at both Erfurt and Jena), that's really all I want to do with my life.  I am not interested in getting rich or in power, the teaching gives so much more satisfaction when your students actually grasp what you are teaching.

But dealing with the bureaucracy, I really did think it was simpler just to become a Legionaire and wear the Kepi Blanc.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 06:07:05 PM EST
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the teaching gives so much more satisfaction when your students actually grasp what you are teaching.

How very true...! Though I do find a general weakness in basic culture, not allowing them to make the links between fields (as would say Edgar Morin)... Meaning that we must re-invent new ways or pursue in the hyper-selective way of keeping only those who have already a proper background... Thus defeating the purpose of teaching!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 05:54:46 AM EST
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