The amiable science instructor, Mrs. Parks, decided to conduct a unique but educational lecture with her sixth-grade class in a small, well-lit classroom.
Who you identify the human body component that, when stimulated, enlarges ten times? She asked while cocking her head forward and smiling.
The group fell silent as a result of the youths’ confusion. The students pondered their best plan of action as they exchanged confused stares because this was a rather odd question for a science class.
Mary, a young woman well known for her candor, took the lead. Standing up, she spoke to the teacher and appeared focused:
Mrs. Parks, you shouldn’t be posing a question like that to students in sixth grade! My parents will learn about this, and they will undoubtedly inform the principal, who will then be forced to dismiss you.
Mrs. Parks gently asked the students again, “Now, class, can anyone tell me which body part increases to ten times its size when stimulated?” while retaining her cool and smiling patiently.
Little Mary’s eyes widened in shock at Mrs. Parks’ persistence on using such an improper line of inquiry, and she shook her head.
She said in a tone that was both scandalized and worried, “Boy, is she going to get in big trouble!” to her peers.
Despite the commotion, Mrs. Parks addressed the class again, encouragingly asking, “Anybody?” She was adamant that the lesson go on regardless of the commotion.
The students were reluctant to answer because they were concerned about the potential consequences of another mistake, and the room remained silent. They held onto their quiet out of a fear of venturing into unfamiliar ground.
Billy, a quiet and hardworking student who had usually done well in Mrs. Parks’ class, then carefully rose up, his cheeks flushed with anxiety, and said, “The body part that increases ten times its size when stimulated is the pupil of the eye.”
The students breathed a sigh of relief as the puzzling question’s solution was at last disclosed. Billy’s effort was acknowledged by Mrs. Parks with a warm smile as she beams with pride.She applauded Billy, saying, “Very good.
Little Mary, who had been the center of attention throughout the entire affair, caught Mrs. Parks’ attention. “As for you, young woman, I have three things to say,” she continued, “three things: One, your mentality is impure. Two, you failed to read your assigned reading. Three: You’ll eventually be very, very disappointed.