It’s not news that kids say the darnedest things, but anyone who has been around a young child knows that they tend to ask the darnedest things as well. They have questions. Lots and lots of questions.
At North Vermillion Elementary School in Cayuga, Indiana, second grade teacher Kara Porter decided to combine her students’ love of asking adults about, well, everything, with a lesson on graphs. Porter instructed each student to come up with one question and then compiled the queries into a single survey.
What started off as a project that Porter hoped would make the rounds of all her students’ parents in order to provide enough data for a few graphs ended up going much, much further. In total, 1,278,791 people from around the world responded to the survey.
Starting off on the school’s Facebook page, the survey was expanded into Google Docs form, making it easier for respondents to help answer questions that cover a number of topics.
Not only is it amazing that more than 1.2 million people responded to a survey designed by second graders, but the questions that make up the survey are also pretty great.
The current lesson plan in the classroom may have influenced a few of the questions, with the kids asking “Does your name start with a vowel or a consonant?” and “Can you write in cursive?”
Pokemon and Frozen are still big favourites among second graders in Indiana, with the questions “Who is your favorite Frozen character?” and “Do you like Pokemon?” appearing on the survey.
As for food, picking between two hilariously dissimilar options made up one question, with the survey asking “What kind of food do you like?” and listing pizza and soup as the only two options. What if we like both?!
No big surprise, the old marriage question also popped up, with the results split pretty evenly between married and unmarried survey takers.
And if you’re wondering exactly where Cayuga, Indiana is located, we’re going to guess it’s near farmland. The survey’s first question, “Are you a farmer?” tipped us off.
The full results of the endearingly well-rounded survey were made available on the school’s Facebook page, which you can check out if you want to know who the winner is between giraffes and zebras for favourite animal.