Are You Smarter Than a 4th Grader?

This is an actual conversation that the boy and I had in the Suburban this week. I’d tell you that I’ve changed the names to protect the innocent, but, people! We all know who was talking here!

BOY: Mom, do you know when Benjamin Franklin was born?
ME: I don’t honey. Probably the seventeen hundreds.
BOY: 1706, Mom. Do you know when he died?
ME: Probably in the seventeen hundreds.
BOY: 1790, Mom. Did you know that he invented the armonica?
ME: What’s an armonica?
BOY: Mom, did you even learn about Benjamin Franklin when you were in school? Because it doesn’t sound like you paid very much attention when your teacher talked about him…

(Note to self, after further discussion with the boy: Armonicas and harmonicas are NOT the same thing! I know that now. I didn’t know that before.)

(On account of the small fact that I wasn’t paying very much attention to my teacher when she explained it.)

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