I've been reading, off and on, Elder Bednar's book Increase In Learning: Spiritual Patterns for Obtaining Your Own Answers. I'm already convinced of the idea that as teachers our job is to help students realize one, there's a lot of fascinating stuff to learn out there, and two, they have the intelligence and ability to go learn it. And I think Elder Bednar is saying much the same, but from a gospel perspective.
What I want to share here today is a part on understanding from chapter two. On page 69, he reviews the command in D&C 68 for parents to teach their children. Then he says, "These verses do not simply recommend or suggest that we teach our children. Rather, they outline a law unto the inhabitants of Zion -- that we must teach our children to understand. Understanding is a spiritual outcome; it is a result. Simply engaging in the activity of teaching is not the responsibility we have been assigned. Rather, the charge is to teach children to understand."
How does this apply to our role as teachers in Young Women's? Imparting correct and uplifting knowledge is crucial, and is often the message of posts on our blog. And I think that is certainly part of what Elder Bednar is encouraging us to do as teachers. But I hear Elder Bednar also asking us another, further question: how do we teach our young women to understand?
What are your thoughts?