Mrs. Parks, the amiable science teacher, decided to impart an unusual yet educational lesson in her cozy, well-lit sixth-grade classroom.
“Class,” she leaned forward, a mischievous glint in her eye, “can anyone here tell me which human body part expands to ten times its size when stimulated?”
The young students were caught off guard, and a hushed stillness settled over the room. This was a decidedly unconventional query for a science class, and the pupils exchanged bewildered glances, uncertain about how to respond.
Mary, known for her straightforwardness, seized the initiative. Standing up, she addressed the teacher with determination, “Mrs. Parks, you really shouldn’t be asking such a question to sixth-graders! I’m going to tell my parents, and they’ll definitely report this to the principal, who will have to take action!”
Mrs. Parks, maintaining her composure and sporting a patient smile, calmly repeated her question, “Now, class, can anyone tell me which body part increases to ten times its size when stimulated?”
Mary’s eyes widened in disbelief at Mrs. Parks’ persistence in pursuing such an inappropriate line of inquiry. She whispered to her classmates, her tone a mix of shock and concern, “Oh my, she’s going to get into big trouble!”
Undeterred by the commotion and resolute in her determination to continue the lesson, Mrs. Parks addressed the class once more, encouragingly asking, “Anyone?”
The room remained silent, with the students reluctant to offer an answer, fearing the potential consequences of another misunderstanding. They clung to their silence, unwilling to venture into uncharted territory.
Then Billy, a quiet and diligent student who had consistently excelled in Mrs. Parks’ class, slowly stood up. His cheeks flushed with nervousness, and his voice trembled as he spoke, “The body part that increases ten times its size when stimulated is the pupil of the eye.”
A collective sigh of relief washed over the classroom as the enigmatic question found its answer. Mrs. Parks couldn’t hide her pride and rewarded Billy with a warm smile, saying, “Very well done, Billy.”
Turning her attention to young Mary, who had been at the center of the entire incident, Mrs. Parks added playfully, “As for you, young lady, I have three things to say: One, you have quite the imagination. Two, you didn’t complete your homework. And three, someday, you’re going to be in for a big surprise.”