A Chinese 5th grader at an elementary school in the Boston-area is apparently last in his class when it comes to math.
The student, Chen Wu Zhang, was born in the United States, but his mother and father emigrated to the U.S. from China in 1999. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Chinese at home with his parents, but his Chinese consistencies apparently stop there, because the boy is apparently awful at arithmetic.
Cassandra Barnes, Zhang's teacher, was baffled by her Chinese student's mathematical indolence.
According to Barnes, Zhang consistently scores the lowest out of any student in the class on math quizzes and exams.
"When I saw that I had a Chinese kid in my class, I was excited," Barnes admitted. "I thought test scores in my class would skyrocket, which would make me look like a good teacher, but surprisingly, Chen is terrible at math."
However, it took the 5th grade teacher a few weeks to realize Zhang wasn't good at math.
"At first, when I would do my grading, and his test would come up," explained Barnes, "I would just mark an A on it because I figured he's Chinese, he probably got them all right."
Although after other students compared their correct test answers to Zhang's incorrect answers on his "A" exam, and, as a result, complained, Barnes realized Zhang's struggles.
Barnes wasn't the only one in her class, though, who was surprised, and maybe even a little upset at Zhang's vacuous math skills.
Danny Wilkinson, an 11 year old classmate of Zhang, revealed that he once cheated off of Zhang during a math test, but was disappointed when he received the test results.
"The kid's Chinese," explained Wilkinson, "so I thought cheating off him during a math test would be a good idea, but it turned out not to be."