Joke: Principal Asks Boy Questions to See if He Can Skip Grades

Pedro Marrero
Feb 09, 2019
02:19 A.M.
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The schoolteacher tried to trick this second grader into saying something improper in front of the school principal, but the little boy was not one to be fooled and he hilariously outsmarted both adults.


A second-grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students. One day, she asked Jimmy what his problem was. He replied, “I’m too smart for the second grade, my sister is in the fourth grade, and I’m smarter than her too.”

The teacher took him to the principal’s office and explained the situation to the principal. The principal told her that he would give Jimmy a test.


If he failed to answer one question, then he would have to go back to the second grade and be quiet. The teacher and Jimmy both agreed.

Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

Jimmy: “9.”

Principal: “6 x 6?”

Jimmy: “36.”


And so it went on like this, the principal asked him every question a fourth grader should know. Finally, after about an hour, he told the teacher “I see no reason why Jimmy can’t go to the fourth grade, he answered all of my questions right.”

The teacher asked if she could ask him some questions. The principal and Jimmy agree.


Teacher: “What does a cow have 4 of that I only have 2 of?”

Jimmy: “Legs”

Teacher: “What do you have in your pants that I don’t have?”


The principal gasps but before he can stop him from answering Jimmy says, “Pockets.”

Teacher: “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”

Jimmy: “Pants.”


Teacher: “What starts with F and ends with K and means a lot of excitement?”

Jimmy: “Firetruck.”

The principal breaths a big sigh of relief and says “Put Jimmy in the fourth grade. I got the last 4 questions wrong myself.”


Nothing is more shameful than being ridiculed by someone we assumed is not as smart as we believe ourselves, but more often than not, such situations teach us important lessons of humility and prompt us to learn more about others before making assumptions about them.

Just like these two school staffers underestimated the intelligence of Jimmy, a banker once thought he had an easy client when a Native American entered into his bank asking for a loan, but the Indian proved to have a strong logic, and he put him in his place.