What German university students complain become the main preoccupations of the rare few who are lucky enough to become German college professors, in a process not unlike deification. No one can check you or make you work after that rapture, students said, and the money is great. In the 1990’s physics students told me there was a tendency for new professors to buy an ultralight aircraft, cancel their monthly office hour and the lectures they promised during the interviews, and spend their days circling high above the countryside, looking down on everyone. I’m sure the situation has improved since then.
I shall regret this terrible post but it’s too funny. The insight into university institutions new and old provided by the controversy around Annette Schavan reminded me of this old joke.
(COOM you loose oond COON ee ling goose.)