Principal Stunned By Kid's Responses To Test Of Wits

A story of a precocious young boy and his teacher has been making the rounds on the internet recently. A clever boy named Jimmy was causing trouble for his second-grade teacher.

When she asked what was troubling him, he told her, "I'm too smart for the second grade, my sister is in the fourth grade, and I'm smarter than her, too."

The instructor took Jimmy to the principal's office so that he could assist in sorting out the situation. The principal told the teacher he would test Jimmy, and if he answered every question correctly, the boy would be placed in a higher grade.

If he so much as got one answer wrong, the boy would have to go back to second grade and keep quiet. Jimmy and his teacher both approved of the proposal.

And so the test began. "What is three times three?" asked the Principal.

"Nine," answered Jimmy.

"Six times six?"


The test continued, back and forth for about an hour, until Jimmy passed with flying colors.

"I see no reason why Jimmy can't go to the fourth grade, he answered all of my questions right," said the principal.

But the teacher thought Jimmy needed further testing and asked the principal if she could ask the boy her own questions, to which all parties agreed.

"What does a cow have four of that I only have two of?" she asked.

"Legs," replied Jimmy.

"What do you have in your pants that I don't have?"

Before the principal could object, Jimmy quickly answered the question with, "Pockets."

The teacher continued her assessment with another question: "What does a dog do that a man steps into?"

"Pants," Jimmy responds.

"What starts with 'F' and ends with 'K' and means a lot of excitement?"


Jimmy's answers puts the principal at ease and he declared, "Put Jimmy in the fourth grade. I got the last four questions wrong myself."

This story was passed around by Shareably and Geekfill and offers a witty parable of the innocence and acumen of children.

Sources: Shareably, Geekfill / Photo credit: Carissa Rogers/Flickr