Hint: it’s not about phonics or long division
I saw this play out with my own kids. I was lucky to have found an amazing after-school science/math club that counteracted the deadening forces of primary school education for them; thankfully, they both emerged with love of math and science mostly intact. Of course, it's in the genes as well for them :-).
The idea of engaging college and grad students to combat this is brilliant. How can we make that happen? I would bet there are already non-profits out there working on the edges of this, if not doing this exactly.