many I see no reason why a baby needs to read, it's more of the parents thing...they want the baby to read. I'm thinking most of them want to do it because it gives them bragging rights, to one up another mom on the play ground playing field or something equally bizarre imo. I am not trying to insult anyone here but most of the people I know irl would use it for one uping another parent because there is no logical reason why a baby needs to read at that age honestly.
I know that having good grades isn't everything. I also try to teach my children to be kind to others and helpful and honest and all those nice things. I think character development is more important than academics. Some of the most wonderful people I know weren't straight A students. It's not a reflection on their value as a human being.
Having straight As in school is no guarantee of success or even happiness later down the road. But I don't think it hurts.
I have no conscious desire to "one up" other moms, but rather I encourage them, if they are interested, to teach their babies to read. I think it is great that we are all individuals and have the freedom to raise our babies how we want. I am very happy for the children who do well in school, whether they learned to "read" at one year, or six years old. But I'm sad for the ones in 4th, 5th or 6th grade and beyond who are basically illiterate. And there are many such children.
If my children are happy, healthy, and well-adjusted and make good marks in school, it makes me feel like I'm doing something "RIGHT" and hopefully makes up for my faults as a mother (while I'm working to eliminate those faults that I'm so painfully aware of).
I don't think mothers should be "shamed" into teaching or not teaching their babies as they see fit any more than they should be "shamed" into breastfeeding or not, co-sleeping or not, etc. I feel like we should all follow our hearts and observe the effects in our children.