Math is a universal language. Once you learn it you can thrive anywhere as long as you have the other necessary life skills to support it.
Sometimes we think a child deserves to be punished because they do not listen. The problem is you have not found the perfect lesson that they would enjoy to learn that stops them from repeating the mistake.
The path every child takes to discovery is always determined by the mentors they have. How unique can you be to that child in your world showing him of her the great extents of their capabilities and potentials?