I would not take these stories too seriously. The latter is based on a study of 4-year-old kids, and a math ability at age 4 is not necessarily inborn.
But if there is any truth to these at all, then they explain the failure of the No Child Left Behind Act:
The Obama administration will bypass Congress and give qualifying states a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) after reform of the education law stalled.Many kids are not going to pass those tests, no matter how much the schools are improved.
The Department of Education announced today the White House has directed it to move forward with a plan, to be rolled out sometime early in September, that will give qualifying states relief from NCLB requirements until permanent changes to the law are made.