As a father of a child in second grade, I can attest to this quote. My daughter is frightened of math and the stresses that it puts on her and has also mentioned that she feels like she’s failing and that we, as her parents, are “not proud” of her. Our focus should be on letting kids be kids and tailor a learning curriculum around the age appropriateness of the child rather than some standardized teaching tool.
“What kids are losing is as detrimental as the stress being put on them,” she said. “They’re not ready. When you ask even an adult to do something they’re struggling with they think they’re inadequate. Kids are going to assume it’s their fault.”