A first-grade teacher was having trouble with a boy in her class. The boy was acting out of line and interrupting, but he seemed to be bored with the lessons. When the teacher asked him, “What’s up with you? Why aren’t you participating in the lessons?” the boy said, “They’re too easy.” Though the teacher was taken aback by the boy’s straightforwardness and arrogant attitude, he wasn’t being rude so she continued to ask him questions.
The boy responded with even more direct words – he said, “I’m too smart for the first grade, and my sister is in the second grade, and I’m smarter than her too.” The teacher decided there was only one thing to do – take the boy to the principal and ask if the boy could skip ahead to the third grade. At least then the boy would be out of her class.
The teacher took the boy down to the administration office and asked to see the principal. She explained the situation to him, and the principal decided he would ask the boy a few questions to determine if he was ready for the third grade. The boy was under no illusions – this was his chance, if he got any of the questions wrong he would be stuck in the first grade.
The principal asked, “What is 3 X 3?”
Jimmy replied, “9.”
The principal: “6 X 6?”
Jimmy knew this too: “36.”
They continued on like this and the boy passed each test. Finally, after an hour of questioning, the principal turned to the teacher and said, “I don’t see any reason this boy shouldn’t be in the third grade.” But the teacher was, by this point, a little frustrated, and she said, “Not so fast, I’ve got a few questions of my own.”
She looked at the boy and asked, “What does a cow have 4 of that I only have 2 of?”
The principal said, “What?” but the boy said, “Legs.”
She then asked, “What do you have in your pants that I don’t have?”
The principal gasped but the boy didn’t blink and answered, “Pockets.”
The teacher asked, “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”
The principal didn’t know what to say! The boy replied, “Pants.”
Finally, she asked, “What starts with an ‘F’ and ends with a ‘K’ and causes a lot of excitement?”
The principal tried to interject but before he could stop the boy, he was already answering. He said, calmly, “Firetruck.”
The principal breathed a couple huge sighs of relief. After regaining his composure he said, “Put the boy in the third grade, I got those last four questions wrong myself.”
The boy left the room triumphant and his teacher followed behind. She was walking him to the third-grade classroom but their conservation wasn’t over. As the boy was entering the classroom, and the teacher was leaving, he called after her. She turned around, and he had a question of his own: “Don’t you think maybe the principal should go back to second grade?”