Our daughter was read to from birth and when she was 2 she was also reading. I kept telling her she was a mathematician and by the time she was 5 she was able to add three digit numbers in her head (234 +123 = 357) She was born after the cut-off date for school so we put her in a private kindergarten so she wouldn't be a year behind everyone else. But now she is a sophmore in highschool and HATES to read. Why?, one might ask. Because from first grade on the students were 'required' to read a book and be tested on it. Hell, when I was going to school I read Moby Dick, Black Beauty, The Msyterious Island before I was even in 8th grade. But the NEA has destroyed the education of our children to a large degree.
I see no reason why almost any human being cant do the same given a chance.