My university requires applicants to have some sort of Master's or PhD degree to become a professor and teach.
But really, how is PhD related to teaching? My high school "teacher" graduated with a Bachelors of Science, and he is one of the most knowledgeable and best people I know. His teaching is amazing.
A professor is how different? A teacher marks, a professor may mark, A teacher teaches, a professor definitely teaches, a teacher will create exams, professors do the same.
I don't see how the role of a PhD in order to become a lecturer/professor plays a role? Everything that you can learn is online, and everything that you can teach is also online. What exactly does a PhD prove?
A professor is a teacher at their most basics. They impart knowledge into the students, and a good professor is indicated by their teaching, as a teacher is. So, what does a PhD even mean?
I asked my professor this. I asked him, "what did you want to do after graduating", and he told me "I wanted to become a professor. So I fought through grad school, wrote a thesis that has no impact on the world, and here I am, teaching you as I've always wanted to".
It looks like to me that my professor just did his PhD "because he had to". So,
My two questions are:
1) Why do professors need PhD's, if they are no different from teachers, but only teach harder subjects?
2) Personally I myself think that I can teach and educate students just fine without a PhD. Why the PhD needed?