here in germany, children go to kindergarten like in waldorf schools, for 2 sometimes 3 years. there are no academics in kindergarten. the children do not learn the alphabet until first grade. in switzerland, it is very much the same.
here, i have heard much talk about how americans push academics too early. here also, kids learn to walk, sit and eat solinds much later than the american norm. but, you know what, by 10 years old, do you think anyone can tell which learned to walk at 8 months and which 16 months? who was reading at 4, and who at 8? i think it depends more on the child.