I believe that growing up to be a literate individual depends on a firm foundation starting in infancy, frankly. But I don't agree that we know enough about the Blue School, at least not based on the Post story, to determine that the school is failing kids in this respect. We can presume the school didn't work for the kids whose parents pulled them out. Do we know more than that? I happen to be pretty conservative when it comes to education, but I know that alternative approaches work well for some kids and families. The website for the Blue School suggests that the school does have turning out well-rounded, literate kids as a goal. Whether they are doing it or not is an open question. But I certainly wouldn't conclude anything about the fitness of the approach based on an article in the New York Post!