2...should choose the appropriate moment and explain patiently to his superior the reason why he cannot perform the task. 3This he ought to do without pride, obstinacy or refusal.As the Chair of the Psychology Department at ACU I often have students come to me to complain about faculty. And the complaints are often the very complaints Benedict is talking about here--burdens given by the teacher/superior that the student feels are too heavy or unfair. And I find myself, in these situations, making recommendations very much like those of Benedict. I encourage the student to approach the professor to raise these concerns. But we spend a lot of time on self-mastery and maturity in preparing for that conversation. If you go in there, I tell the students, with guns a'blazing, with anger or accusation, nothing will be accomplished. But if you are calm, reasonable, and mature you just might get a hearing.
I tell the students that learning how to have hard conversations and learning how to have them well is one of the most important life skills that they can master.