That simple phrase uttered by parents has frustrated and annoyed maths teachers for years - the use of a failure at maths as a "badge of honour".
It is a really insidious phrase, a phrase that not only eats away at the pupils' willingness to work at maths, but also gives them an excuse for not doing any further work.
Beating the "badge of honour" syndrome has been a huge problem and, until recently, no one has managed to come up with a solution. But it now looks as if there is one on the horizon.
The solution involves a unique maths course on-line that is having a dramatic affect on the way students and their families view maths.
As Val Constable of ConquerMaths (the company responsible for the new strategy) has said, "When we can get pupils and their parents to enjoy the maths they are doing, then we can reverse any negative attitude in the household towards maths.
So when pupils start saying, "The lessons are so fun and enjoyable and the dude that explains everything is so easy to listen to, as well as, "My lad is addicted to it."
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