Maybe my title should have read "Is it the student or the teacher’s fault?" My previous post produced some comments that got me thinking about the responsibility of the teacher and the responsibility of the student. Who should we blame?
I’ve had bad teachers, ones who cut up quotes and pass them out to be read. Or teachers who have class members read one scripture after another, or parts of the lesson manual. Then there are the comments about the students….only about 2% ever have read the material before class…the students don’t come prepared.
I’d like to put the "blame" where I think it really belongs….on the teachers!!
Here’s my take on this. When I’ve been a student in regular educational situations I’m not expected to read / study the very same material the professor / teacher is going to teach in class the next day. I’m paying the teacher to teach me…so teach me.
Yes, SS, PH, and RS classes are somewhat different, but I still think it’s the teacher’s responsibility to teach, not pass out scripture readings, or for that matter conduct a pointless, random "discussion". Discussions are fine, if the teacher knows what they want to teach and they direct the dicussion to that point. The teacher should study enough, in depth, to come and teach, not regurgitate the printed lesson manual. If the teacher is properly prepared and teaches then the students learn.
OK, yes it is nice when students read the material. It can help the teacher. But I don’t think we should feel bad if we don’t read it. I’m the student – teach me!