When California teacher Bret Turner presented his Year One class with a riddle on the first day back from school holidays, his intention was probably to get them thinking outside the box for the first time in weeks.
But he didn’t expect that outside that box, their thinking could be so… morbid.
On the first Monday in January, Turner posed the following question to his students:
“I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?”
To be honest, it’s a pretty hectic riddle for a group of six-year-old’s, but that’s fine.
According to Turner, the first guess from the class left “such an awed, somber [sic], reflective hush… over the class,” that he didn’t want to tell them the actual answer, which “seemed so banal in the moment”.
That first guess was ‘death’.
The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the class that I didn’t want to tell them that actually the answer is the letter e, which just seemed so banal in the moment pic.twitter.com/7sYFxHNcZk
— Bret Turner (@bretjturner) January 2, 2018
Yes, well, that’s way too real.
The answer, in fact, is the letter ‘e’, which, while technically correct, seems way too simplistic in comparison to the Year One student who apparently is goddamn Friedrich Nietzsche in disguise.