Yesterday, someone asked me to describe a favorite teacher. After a quick mental scan of excellent instructors, I focused on one, Martin Holoien, and said, "He was able to communicate a concept in two lines, and he used interesting, relevant illustrations to help us understand."
Solomon wrote, “The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.”
He continued, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter; “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12:10, 12b-14.
One professional writer told me that he reworks his columns an average of 14 times to be sure his readers will understand and be moved by his words, images, and phrasing. (Sorry, I don’t.)
A good teacher invests time and thought in searching for the best words to communicate what is yet unknown to the students. I believe HLA teachers are committed to the hard work of preparation.
Secondly, an excellent teacher selects the most helpful material, from the host of available recourses, because students will wear out trying to evaluate the overwhelming amount of information in the library, not to mention the internet. Our teachers select their assigned readings with the students’ growth in mind.
Let us hear what the Teacher says, “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.”
Because God is the ultimate authority.
He will examine every deed.
The Teacher is clear and concise. With chosen words, the lesson is stated in two lines.
Pray our students will heed it. Pray that we elders will hear and embrace it.