Who's Fault? Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.
Maths worksheets should challenge students and at the same time should not be a scary subject to attempt. Worksheets are a recommended mathematic learning source and an amalgam of the total syllabi. They are the top priority in the education system and are used as a learning tool by many parents, schools, teachers and students.