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I am not qualified to teach that

Dear Reader,

I was sitting on the edge of the pool setting up my gear when a student asked a question about the skill they had just learned. I opened my mouth to answer when the instructor chimed in from a ways away with the answer.

Later he pulled me aside. Apologizing for interrupting, he explained that it’s ok for me to help setup or check gear, but I am NOT QUALIFIED to teach anything. If they have questions I am to point them to him, a certified instructor.

Programmers, have this problem. I know a lot about PHP. I have put in the time and effort, I actually have the certification, I can teach people PHP.

There are a lot of topics though I am not qualified to teach on. I have not put in the time or effort to learn them in a structured environment that ensures I have a thorough understanding of the topic.

I need to be careful who I listen to.

I need to separate what I know well, from what I have an opinion on.

I need to be careful what topics I are willing to teach.

Until next time,
I <3 |<