license the inventoriers

Rodham E. Tulloss ret at PLUTO.NJCC.COM
Sun Oct 27 15:58:17 CST 1996

Why should not professionals in any field (taxonomists in this case)
seek licensing procedures for persons and firms that do the same work,
but without degrees or appropriate association with appropriate institu-
tions?  This would require some homegrown types like myself to do some
arduous studying to pass examines (in a way, I hope!), but it would help
convert the nonsense lists to more useful ones.  It would also help
focus businesses and governmental agencies on to the right talent for a job.
A parataxonomist would have to have his/her "papers" in order to be able to
operate.  The license might require renewal.  Or their might be grades of
licenses.  Essentially, this would convert on the job experience and
(successful) self-education and apprenticeships into value.  Just as
education is (in part) converted to value by a degree.

Rod Tulloss

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