They're not expected to be helpful outside their specialty.
You say that you learn the theory automatically, but you don't learn to teach the theory automatically. I'm sure your "Street German" class would be valuable and well-taught, but you simply can't expect to teach it at the university level. Where that really would have been useful, at the time of your retirement, is in the military community. You could have proposed teaching it at or near any of the large Army posts and wives would have been clamoring for you prior to being sent to Germany. Not at university. That's life, fair in your mind or not.
Bored makes an excellent point.
"Reading at random will not make you a doctor or an engineer."
And thank goodness for that! When I visit the doctor, I take for granted the fact that this individual has attended an accredited medical school, completed residency, and faced a lot of supervision in the early phases of her practical application of her training. That's a pretty safe assumption when you walk into any medical facility in the US.
There are plenty of opportunities for the self-taught, just not in the trusted positions at that level of academia. Or medicine. :)
"As for putting in the time, I think 35 years residence outstrips any preparation for a professorship, with or without degree."
The point is, you should have had BOTH the formal education AND the practical experience. Unfortunately, that's the way that profession works. A friend of mine was a French instructor at a university. She was able to secure that position with only a master's degree because she had lived in France and had practical experience like you've had. That's a masters rather than a doctorate, along with the living and breathing.
Practical experience is great, but you do have to complete specialized training (just like court reporters do) to ensure that your "knowledge" matches what is taught. Otherwise, how is the institution supposed to measure your proficiency beyond conversational fluency?
You would have done it for free? Then I repeat, why didn't you tutor? Did you ever consider a community college? I don't know what their requirements are.
If your goal was to become a university professor upon retiring, then you should have looked into the requirements and worked to fulfill them! You dismiss the university community as "elitist." The truth is, those professors did the time. They invested significant amounts of time, money, and effort into EARNING those doctorates and have committed their lives to educating others. That's what DA's sister did; and it's no small task. You expect to get that level of respect, or membership in their elite society (LOL), just by being alive in a foreign country?
Why didn't you become a private tutor if you were truly that concerned about helping the students master the subject?
"I listen to what's being said and try to make an intelligent decision about what to take in and what not."
Please rewind today's comments and this time skip over that little jab by funguy about knowing when to shut up! How about putting it into the basket with the stuff you decide not to take in?
It just isn't any fun to read day in and day out about how people choose to indulge in abusing you. Let it go and it will drop. Hey, isn't that one of Newton's Law's? You could google it. Try gravity. Remind me when they discovered that. That's a good one.
Don't let him get your goat today. It really wasn't that bad. You're making it worse.
That is the sweetest thing you could possibly say! I appreciate that you thought of me in such a nice way and that you were kind enough to mention it. You've made my day, that is, until my own sweet little Bulgarian daughter gets home in another 35 minutes and knocks me over with a giant hug!
No problem, Bill.
It's not a matter of knowing where to look, and you don't have to know any fancy query structure to know what you're thinking about or what you're looking for. Just think of a few words to summarize as narrowly as you can what you're trying to find and type them into the google search box. For example, "us statehood requirements" or "official language US" would return thousands of links. Click on the first few, or look through the blurbs shown with the first few links to see if there are any additional keywords you could add to your google search box to further narrow it down. Google again and again until you get what you need. It's faster and easier to search for words on a computer than to page through dozens of books.
Don't be so quick to jump on the funguy. He had a good point- and he wasn't arguing. He didn't cast doubt on what had been written by throwing in a few "are you sure"'s or "I doubt that"'s without giving any concrete evidence to refute what DA or I had written, right? Who would do that? ;-P
I'm glad you're testing your google skills. Think of how difficult it would be to do go out and do research at the library right now. So much is right there at your fingertips. See, it's not all porn and liberals spewing nonsense on the internet. hehe
I'm so sorry that you don't have sweet potato pie there! You should plant some beside that apple tree outside your door and sell them at the market. Did the apple tree make it?
Hey, pumpkins are good in any color. We bought mini a big orange one that we'll carve into a Jack-O-Lantern before Halloween and a beautiful light green one, more like the ones I've seen over there. I'm trying to get her to let me bake the greenish one, but we got them at a little farm stand and now she's bonded with them. :):):)
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