Our dean on the first day of my degree said that some teachers think their degree is a waste of time. He said it is only a waste of time if we choose to make it a waste of time. I agree. I had some great profs and a few not so great profs. With those who weren't good I supplemented what I did in class with readings and dialogue with others. I firmly believe that one needs both the practice teaching experience and the theory of an Ed program to prepare oneself for teaching.