The mind of a child is a wonderful thing. Their unfiltered and unbiased view of the world is always appreciated by more world-weary adults. A child’s imagination and view of society at a young age is entirely unprejudiced, as not influenced by pre-existing prejudices or the opinions of those closest to them.
Often, their naivety and inexperience leads to surprisingly astute insight, if only someone would stop and listen. Although most of us are far too cynical, far too wrapped up in the value judgements that sometimes serve to cloud our thinking, there are those who take adults who take kids seriously. A perfect example of how differently some children and adults see the world can be found in the classroom. Kids tend to take things at their literal face value, which can often lead to some seriously amusing answers to test questions. Here are some of the very best.
1. I mean, they’ve got a point
2. Stick to what you know
3. Technically, yes
4. Sometimes it’s best just to pretend the question doesn’t exist
5. No windows would be devastating for a plant in fairness
6. In all likelihood, yes
7. One gets the impression it isn’t the first time this has happened
8. Too good an opportunity to pass up
9. Correct in many cases
10. If you can’t beat them…
11. When you follow the instructions to the letter
12. Full marks
13. Honesty is the best policy
Personally, I think some of these test answers deserve more marks than the actual correct answer would merit. Of course, exams have a purpose, but so do imagination and good humour. I can remember sitting in exams staring blankly at a question as many of these kids probably did, and do you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing.