Degree or No Degree?

I recently came across an interesting post on LinkedIn from the Opticians Association of America group page that read " There has been discussion in the state of NC about making Opticianary a 4-year degree. What do you think about this idea?"

What do you think about this? I replied to the post which can be read at any time. But in short I stated that I didn't think it mattered as much the education of the Optician, but rather their passion and understanding of the their trade. I challenged all seasoned Opticians to again "pass the torch of knowledge, skills, and abilities to the next generation".