When you are teaching adult learners, you cannot be theoretical. Adult learners bring their own experiences
into the class and will steer class discussion into areas which they feel will
meet the needs they are facing right now.
Usually that is a great sign, students who see how class material
directly affects them are more motivated learners. It can also contain dangers for the
self-confident American teaching in Africa.
I don’t know what about my face suggests that I am an expert on handling
the familial and social aftereffects of conversion in a polygamous marriage but
this white man ain’t walk into a class with men who used to be in polygamous
marriages and dictate the biblical response (though a reminder that
divorce is also a sin and Christians/the church should also consider the long
term wellbeing of wives and children only got me in a little trouble).
And while I’m on the topic, I apologize to
all Ugandans for my inadequate responses to generational curses, prophets in
the church, and not having a strong opinion on “king” Ceaser Mulenga.