Paul Lauter: Why Do Dentists Need to be Licensed?

Diane Ravitch's blog

In response to the ALEC-inspired legislation to allow uncertified, unlicensed people to teach, Paul Lauter–Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English at Trinity College–poses a simple question:

I think we should propose doing away with dental licenses. After all, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a piece of string and a door knob.

Why not?

Why do doctors need to be licensed? Why do lawyers have to pass the bar exam? Why do airplane pilots need a license? Why do drivers need a license?

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