I recently read a very good analogy on teaching that I wanted to share with my readers. The analogy is found in this comment on Lionel’s (from “A View From The Woods“) post called “We Supposed To Be Brothers,” and it was written by someone named Daniel. (I told him that I was going to steal it.) Here is the analogy:
In pondering all this, I have often ended up imagining what it would be like, to see someone â€œteachingâ€ something like how to ride a bike, in the same manner that we â€œteachâ€ in the conventional, church mannerâ€¦
What would people think, if they came over one day and observed me â€œteachingâ€ my kids how to ride a bicycle, which actually meant that my kids had to sit and listen to me, several times a week, talk for an hour or so about all the intricacies of how bicycles work. Each session would cover a different specific aspect of the mechanical workings of bicycles. I could cover the history and evolution of bicycle design, or go into intricate detail on the ways bicycles are ridden around the world. Week after week, I could lecture, and show slides, and have guest speakers, and on and on. But if after several years of doing this, and I never actually put my kids on a bike, and expected them to learn to ride on their own? People would think I was insane. They would hardly consider me a â€œteacherâ€ of how to ride a bicycle, based on the fact that I failed to actually produce any people who could now competently ride a bike on their ownâ€¦
What do you think of Daniel’s comparison between teaching in the church and teaching to ride a bicycle?