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." [an error occurred while processing this directive]