They also come with their very own health insurance(at least here).
You can't really compare public service with a normal job, legally speaking.
It's not an employment status. You legally become part of the government. For your service and loyalty, the government is responsible for your well-being.
There is no employment contract, you get called to the office by the state. All parts of a usual contract are dealt with by laws. You have no right to strike, if you commit a fellony you are doubly punished, once by the penal system and by a disciplinary action. But for that the government pays you a pension directly, you don't get the regular public insurance funded one everyone else gets.
I'd rather have someone who's seeing a therapist teaching my kids than somebody who should be seeing a therapist.
Originally Posted by Amantus
Anybody teaching kids and not seeing a therapist should be put on a watchlist. Clearly they're only a small step away from a complete breakdown.
We all rail against class-distinctions, but very few people seriously want to abolish them. Here you come upon the important fact that every revolutionary opinion draws part of its strength from a secret conviction that nothing can be changed.
Imperfect, non-aryans are not allowed near children in Germany.
And I totally agree that teachers should be forced to see a therapist. We recently had a younger colleague be ordered to stay home after a stress induced breakdown. It's a retarded rule and everyone in the education service I've met is questioning it. But for teachers the trend was away from Beamte towards regular employees. Appointing teachers Beamte only picked up again in some states due to a MASSIVE demand for new teachers. The Beamte status is coveted because it offers job security (tenure) and a higher income (you don't pay into the public unemployment and pension funds). Berlin just went the opposite way, regular employee status but massive increase in pay that only after 10-15 years of service a Beamter overtakes.