International Approaches to Fostering Literacy
South Korea, for example, encourages bilingualism at an early age, while Finland provides universal (and affordable) preschool.
Reading, in particular, can’t be rushed. It has been around for only about 6,000 years, so the ability to transform marks on paper into complex meaning is not pre-wired into the brain. It doesn’t develop ‘naturally,’ as do other complex skills such as walking; it can be fostered, but not forced. (Brightly)