Chromosomes, by Lewis Schofield

Written by admin2 on September 17th, 2006
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“Chromosomes”—a story about being in Grade 3 by Lewis Schofield

by Lewis Schofield

In Grade 3, students my age are supposed to learn about the human body. The idea is that we are to learn the outline characteristics in the development and growth of humans from birth to childhood. That’s what the curriculum says if you go to the Ministry of Education website online. 

I already know quite a bit about the human body because I like to learn new things every day and the body is very interesting. But I’m always open to learning something else and sharing what I know. 

In the class one day, the discussion about the involvement of moms and dads came up. I wanted to share what I knew about this and help kids understand how sometimes children are born with special needs. 

When I thought the time was right, I stood up and said, “I have a theory about chromosomes.” I don’t think my teacher was ready for this announcement but she let me continue. 

“My theory,” I said clearly, “Is that you do not get 23 chromosomes from your mom and 23 chromosomes from your dad. The hope is that you will end up with 46 chromosomes but the split is not equal between your mom and your dad.” 

I looked around the room to see if anyone was following my theory. The teacher said nicely, “Lewis, scientists have proven that you do get 23 chromosomes from your mom and 23 chromosomes from your dad.” 

“But,” I argued, “That doesn’t explain things like Fragile X Syndrome or Down’s Syndrome or XXY Syndrome.” She thought about what I had just said. 

“You see, with my theory,” I continued, “it allows for too many and too few chromosomes being passed on to the baby. My way explains how you can get one too many chromosomes and how you can get one too few chromosomes. The theory that you get exactly 23 from each parent does not deal with that.” 

To make my point I added, “My theory is that I got 45 chromosomes from my mom because we are almost exactly alike. And I got one chromosome from my dad ….” 

At this point, the teacher seemed a little upset with my information. 

” …. so I could be a boy.” And with that, the teacher heaved a sigh of relief and thanked me for sharing my theory.


Lewis Schofield is Irked Magazine’s Alphabet Souperintendent. He, and his marvelous brain, can be found at

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