I'm not sure I've ever been so angry at educational instruction, particularly as I read the details and their points, which included too many things that are "usual" but applied as absolute.
"Babies don't read, they memorize!" - Many do, sure. Some really can read though (my oldest was able to read an entire book the first time either of us had seen it, on his own, and it included words I don't think had come up much before, this was when he was 2).
A lot of it came down to problems with certain methods of teaching kids to read, and an instance that certain skills haven't developed in children under 3 that would allow them to effectively read. But "rote memorization on flashcards" is not the only way they can learn to read, nor do all children develop the same way at the same rate.
I have no problem with saying a young child doesn't NEED to read and shouldn't be forced into reading, but if a child is shows the ability, they certainly should be encouraged and helped, regardless of age.