Actually, Whizkids w/u is not quite right.

OED gives the etymology from educare and the base Latin form would be educo but this had/has two different senses. The first is the rearing or raising of children, livestock, comparable to modern sense, and the second is to draw or lead out, to bring before a court, to raise, to bring up the rear, etc. I like what the second sense brings with the image of a civilized human being being drawn out of a great ape with a language facility.

It's success, as a social project, is uneven to say the least.