"-- "Children must be PUSHED to learn! (math; and everything else, no doubt) (Robert Hansen).
Once these fine things are done, everything in US education will be tickety-boo!"
GS, as one who LEARNED calculus in high school, and who TAUGHT calculus to high school students, I can certify to you that Hansen is right that teaching most math, much less algebra, much less calculus, is not just like falling off the log as you love to infer.
It takes more, MUCH more, than students themselves deciding that they WANT to learn math.
What percent of students in India learn calculus? Zero? Then you have zero understanding of what Hansen wrote. What percent of AMERICANS understand what Hansen knows? About 5%, at most. What percent of Germans? 70%? Koreans and Japanese, and now most Chinese? More than 90%?