It is so hard to listen to instruction when you hear errors and realize you probably know more than they do. Sometimes it feels like they are expressing more opinion than fact, and you are probably correct. How can you continue to learn when you now perceive inadequacies in your teachers. Do you just stop listening? Well, yes, and no. It is time to be responsible for your own education. It is harder than just accepting every instruction as correct because the instructor is an authority, but it is necessary.
- If you find that you know more than your instructor or find many errors in their instruction. Be thankful that person is willing to teach. It may be time for you to move on and be an instructor yourselves in the matter. This could be an opportunity to be a Bible study facilitator rather than a student. Perhaps you could make a little extra money teaching this subject as a tutor. Maybe you need to seek out a more difficult course. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb.10-23-25)
- You hear more opinion that fact coming from your professor. Get used to it. Most people express opinion freely, and you need to patiently wade through that to glean facts or seek out your own facts. It is good to be aware of other opinions and be able to argue both sides of an issue. Thinking through opposing views will often solidify your own and sometimes upon investigation, you will find they are right. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
- You don’t have to correct the teacher. There are opportunities when it is appropriate to provide your view, but do not be disappointed if it is not received well. Be content to “agree to disagree” most of the time. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”(Prov. 27:17) This includes your parents. Love and accept them despite your differences. No one will ever agree with you completely, and sincerely.
- Take ownership of your finances, emotions, and spiritual health. Read books from qualified instructors and glean information to incorporate into your life. Someimes we want to do things differently, but just really don’t know what that looks like of how to get there.
“Experienceing God” by Henry Blackaby
“7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Covey
“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens” by Carlson