Submitted By: (Jules Hesler )
A ten-year-old Jewish boy was failing math. His parents
tried everything from tutors to hypnosis; but to no avail.
Finally, at the insistence of a family friend, they decided
to enrol their son in a private Catholic school.
After the first day, the boy's parents were surprised
when he walked in after school with a stern, focused and
very determined expression on his face. He went straight
past them, right to his room and quietly closed the door.
For nearly two hours he toiled away in his room - with
math books strewn about his desk and the surrounding floor.
He emerged long enough to eat, and after quickly cleaning
his plate, went straight back to his room, closed the
door and worked feverishly at his studies until bedtime.
This pattern of behaviour continued until it was time
for the first quarter's report card. The boy walked in
with it unopened - laid it on the dinner table and went
straight to his room. Cautiously, his mother opened it
and, to her amazement, she saw a large red 'A' under the
subject of Math.
Overjoyed, she and her husband rushed into their son's
room, thrilled at his remarkable progress. "Was it
the nuns that did it?" the father asked.
The boy shook his head and said "No."
"Was it the one-to-one tutoring? The peer-mentoring?"
"The textbooks? The teachers? The curriculum?"
"No", said the son. "On that first day,
when I walked in the front door and saw that guy nailed
to the plus sign, I KNEW they meant business!"