Refusing To Dance Or Cry
It’s tough to be a math teacher these days. If you’re old school and insist on strict discipline, memorization of the multiplication tables, and making your students work the problems by hand on paper without a calculator, you can bet some parents will complain to the administration. “You’re out of date and no fun.”
On the other hand, if you make math an adventure, giving all the kids a good calculator, and take then outside to the playground, place them in front of the slide, and make them calculate the relationship between weight, slope, and speed as they take turns rocketing down a big slide, other parents will report that there’s far too much rec time.
Maybe the problem isn’t all in the forms used to teach it. Maybe some kids simply refuse to dance or cry no matter what form their teachers use? Now it's one thing to fail math because we refuse to play our teacher’s game. It’s another thing when our two teachers are John the Baptist and Jesus. In this case no one can blame the teaching style, and Jesus doesn’t need any standardized tests to know whether or not His students are getting the message.
“So to what will I compare the men of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace calling out to one another. ‘We played the flute for you and you didn’t dance. We sang a dirge, and you didn’t cry.’ For John the Baptist came, not eating bread or drinking wine, and you said, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you said, ‘Look at him? He’s a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom will be vindicated by all her children.” Luke 7:31-35
LORD, You are so gracious to use many different forms and gifts to reach out to different kinds of people. Protect me from the religious pride and rigidity that kept the first century Pharisees sitting on the sidelines when they should have been wading out in the Jordan to be baptized and joining the joyous celebration as Jesus, the Bridegroom, invited them to celebrate. Help me realize that it’s far deeper than a teaching method when it comes to whether or not my students choose to respond to Your Word.
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