"Sunday School here is routine. Nothing like our class at all. If you ask a question, you are instantly squelched! But it's brightening up. Today was my third Sunday here, and a friend and I opened a new topic and finally had a great discussion."
These comments by a vacationing Christian Science Sunday School pupil in a letter to her teacher could well be used by Sunday School teachers everywhere to evaluate their own teaching. No teacher would have deliberately "squelched" a pupil, but unintentionally a teacher may turn his class into a lecture-type presentation. As a result pupils may sit like statues in Sunday School, when they should be encouraged to explore Christian Science and its application to their experiences.
It is not enough to lecture to a Sunday School class; Mrs. Eddy provided for questions and answers. In her By-Law on Sunday School in the Manual of The Mother Church, after describing the first lessons of the children, she writes, "The next lessons consist of such questions and answers as are adapted to a juvenile class, and may be found in the Christian Science Quarterly Lessons, read in Church services."Man, Art. XX, Sect. 3;