This morning we had a lecture by one of my favorite instructors. I have worked with him in school and also in volunteering at the Free Dental Clinic in town. He happens to be a pretty famous dentist and wrote one of the text books that we use extensively as well as students at many other universities use.
At the end of the lecture there were a few students who were making fun and talking about how the lecture was a big joke. I actually learned quite a bit myself. They felt there were a few inconsistencies in the information presented and were making very disrespectful comments. This was upsetting to me although I did not say anything (not sure if I should have or not).
It makes me mad when students purposefully look for ways to make professors look stupid or to catch them in their words. In this instance, they were acting like the instructor was an idiot and they were all very intelligent. I didn't see any problem with the lecture and understood the concepts presented. I just can't understand the mentality of, "I am smarter than the renowned expert who has been practicing and researching in this field for almost 40 years because I am a dental student who happened to read the book (that he wrote)."
Have some humility. Realize before you decide you know more than the expert that maybe you just don't understand the concept. Or, realize that they make mistakes, too, and that we can all improve our communication skills.