Minnesota legislators are soon going to vote on a bill that would allow people with a four year degree, but no teacher training, become teachers! You could spend four years in college, get a degree in underwater basket weaving and then get out and teach school! All you will have to do is take a 200 hour crash course in teaching. (I was a real sucker for taking over four years to learn to be a teacher. It apparently only takes five weeks.)
The second having to have a license or any kind of specific training to practice a profession is moot, I think I will try out all kinds of things, why not! I have a four-year degree! I can do anything!
The first thing I'm going to do is become a nurse. RNs have four-year degrees, I have a four-year degree, therefore, according to the Minnesota legislature, I could probably do a decent job of being a nurse. I want some scrubs. I'm kind of squeamish though so as soon as bodily fluids come into play, I'm outta there. Kind of like when I joined track in high school to get the cool sweatsuit, but then learned I was expected to run. Every day. Yeah, right.
Then I think I'll be an electrician. I use electricity literally all the time. I'm an electricity expert; flip switch up: on. Flip switch down: off. I'm trained (enough)! I have a bachelor's degree in education. I'm educated. If I'm educated, I can do anything, right? All that's been in my way are these pesky licenses!
Need anything rewired?
Oh, you know what I'd really like to do? Fly commercial airliners! I'm sure that YEAR LONG course I suffered through, Methods and Materials of Teaching Secondary English will really help out with takeoff and landing. Once I get my job being a pilot, flying will be much more pleasant. Trips go by so much faster when I'm the driver. I have lots of experience driving a car, and a little bit driving a boat, and I actually took over the yolk (that's what they call it) in a small plane and controlled it myself once for about five minutes (actual flying experience). I'm totally qualified.
Then I think I'll become an architect for a while. I live in a building, I go in buildings all the time, I've built Sims houses. I could do it. I'm qualified because I have a bachelor's degree, and more importantly, I BELIEVE I could be an architect although I have a degree in English Education; just like some Minnesota legislators believe that anyone with a four-year degree can walk into a classroom and teach 30 kids. Easy.
If this bill passes and you can do ANYTHING with your four-year degree, what do you want to do?