A young boy was in school and was having a terrible time with his mathematics. His parents worked with him night after night but there was no improvement. His math marks were dismal. His parents in desperation decided to transfer their son to a new school.
They decided to try a Catholic school but not until after they had given the matter serious consideration as neither parent was religious. They checked around and the school seemed to have a good academic record, so they reluctantly enrolled their son in the new school.
Immediately the boy’s maths marks soared. He went from a failing grade to becoming an A student. His parents were pleased but yet most surprised at the change and over dinner one night they asked their son about his improvement .
“Was it better teaching?” they asked.
The boy said, “No the teachers are about the same.”
“Was it a different text book?”
Again, the boy said, “No, it is the same text book.”
Finally they asked their son why he thought he had made such a dramatic improvement.The boy said, “The first day I went to school I knew they took their math seriously and that I had better do well or there would be serious consequences.”
The parents asked what made him realize the school took math so seriously.
The boy answered, “The first thing I saw when I went into the classroom was a statue of some guy nailed to a plus sign.”