Well, we are a "reading family", my wife sits with the kids every day and reads a variety of things. Interestingly, though, my oldest son really took to reading when he was very young. He was curious about books right from about 8 months old, and started picking up how to read on his own as we went. In particular, it was the Peter Rabbit flap books. But his learning to read was highly self-directed. Our daughter (10 years old now) learned to read at a "normal" pace, not becoming fluent until grade 1, but she devours books these days at well over her peers' reading level. With our youngest, we actually purchased "Your Baby Can Read" and began with just the short videos when he was only a few months old. He was fascinated by them. He's 2 now and can read as fast as I type this, and he understands nearly all of it.
Interestingly, as the article suggests, I also subscribe to the "learning by making" philosophy. I don't know if our schools do, but here's an example: I build PC Computers at home by buying the parts and assembling them here in my house. As my son reached the age where he was dexterous enough to help, I decided to have him select all the parts for a machine, and then I directed him to assemble all the pieces. He was involved with every step, from learning about compatibility, to price matching, ordering, selecting shipping methods, right to assembly and installing an operating system (Ubuntu Linux!). He loved it. He was 8.
I guess what I am getting at is that we as active parents have to take the initiative to fill in the gaps where our school system fails. And we should enjoy it! Too many parents feel like it's too much work, and I can fall into that category sometimes. But it's incredibly rewarding to see your child beaming and excited about something they have learned, and using it for something practical.
Don't get me started on how kids these days seem to have a serious problem writing coherently, and I don't necessarily think it's entirely their own fault.
/end rant LOL!