Originally Posted by Teresa Edgerton
But Parson, I didn't say you can't teach what you can't do. I said you can't teach what you don't know. It's not the same thing.
And of course you can brush up on a particular lesson just before you teach it (as was the case, I assume, in your Chemistry class), but that would be useless if you didn't have a basic understanding of the subject.
Oh boy, you are so right about what you said and the example of coaching hurdlers. It is not the same thing.
As for Chemistry, we had no basic understanding of the subject,* but we were motivated to learn, and then to teach what we learned. I suppose it amounts to about the same thing. I would guess that this means that an appropriately motivated parent could learn and therefore teach what s/he does not already know or practice.
*At least no knowledge that I am aware of. I suppose we must have had some Chemistry basics in Elementary school, but we were teaching about the atomic weights of elements and the like which none of us had a clue about until we read about them.