The school doesn't 'push' . . . the school challenges, encourages, and motivates the children to do well. If the child is coming from an environment of sitting in front of the tv, playing video games, and never had parents that read to them or encouraged them to read or excell, then yes, to some of those parents it may seem like 'pushing too hard. My own two kids LOVED the fact the teachers were concerned enough to want to see them succeed in the real world some day. No room in the real world for lazy, unmotivated children! Yea for Webster!