Ask Becca, The Messenger’s Advice Columnist


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Q: I really dislike my teacher! Any advice?

A: To solve this problem, you have to figure out why you dislike your teacher. If it is because you think he/she hates you, I promise that isn’t true. Being a teacher is a very stressful job. He or she is under a lot of pressure at work, and he or she may also be dealing with issues at home as well. Teachers are humans too, and sometimes he can’t help but bring his problems to work. Your teacher is most likely dealing with a lot and may unmeaningly take it out on you. You need try to be understanding and not let his bad mood affect you. At the end of the day, he only wants to see you succeed academically and spiritually, so keep that in mind.

Sometimes your personality will clash with your teacher’s and there isn’t much you can do about that. You have to be respectful and be the best student you can be. You will only see that teacher for one period each day so try to get through it. After the year is over, you won’t have to sit in his class again. Look forward to that!

If the situation is more serious and you feel like the teacher is seriously targeting you, pray about it. According to Romans 13:1-5, God has placed all authority in your life for a reason. You have to obey your teacher because he has authority over you, whether you like it or not. If he is abusing his authority, that’s a problem. If you pray about it and you’re right, God will deal with it how He sees fit. Maybe God is using this situation as a test or to bring you closer to Him. You could also try to politely speak to your teacher after class about how you feel. If you really think your teacher is abusing his power and nothing is changing, go to administration about it as a last resort. Use discretion and don’t attack your teacher. Try to be as polite and sincere as possible. At that point, it’s out of your hands and in the hands of God and the administration to proceed how they see fit.

The bottom line is this: He or she is the teacher and you are the student.

You have to do what your teacher asks you to do, so make the best of it. Be a good sport and don’t give him any reason to dislike you. As long as you’re being respectful and not disrupting class, you have no fault in the matter. Focus on your school work and your spiritual life, because that is all that really matters.




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