Egg Head

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While teaching a class of 12 year-olds, one student asked about the origin of life.

[For the record, she was supposed to be conjugating the present tense of avoir]

“Can you narrow it down a bit for me?” I asked.

“Well, something had to start something so what started everything?” Lucy replied.

“It’s a kind of Chicken & Egg Theory question, that one.”

“What do you mean, Sir?” she persisted.

“Whenever we contemplate the origin of anything we often ask ourselves: Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Some questions we just can’t answer. Not yet anyway.”

Lucy stared at nothing in particular but her wheels were turning.

“And now I’ve confused you,” I guessed aloud.

“Only because you’re confused, Sir,” she stated, as respectfully as possible. “The answer to the Chicken & Egg Theory is easy. Chickens are birds. Birds are descendants of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs didn’t give birth to live young but laid eggs. Therefore, the eggs some dinosaurs laid eventually became birds, some of which evolved into chickens.”


A colleague once told me, “The best thing about being a teacher is that we are indeed the smartest person in the room.”

Some days I’m not so sure.

2 thoughts on “Egg Head

  1. I sometimes think I was smarter as a child or more creative at least. Adulthood seems to take that away.
    Wonderful story! 😄


  2. Children are more creative, in one sense, because they don’t filter their imaginations and ideas; they’re much more intuitive. As a teacher I try not to educate these qualities out of my students, but preserve them, which can lead to discussions on anything… from dinosaurs to fart jokes!


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