In an ideal world, everyone would have access to great teachers with enough time and energy to get the message across, but we know that's not real life (no matter how much we hope it could be). The lucky and the determined can take a second chance at success, but the answer isn't to make *everything* easier, so that the people who struggle can access it.
I'm not suggesting that things people struggle with should be made easier. But maths is considered a core subject in schools (ie everyone does it - or at least tries to!) so if a person of normal intelligence struggles, it surely must be the way the message is put across. I think that's what I was trying (badly) to say. I failed with a second attempt and even a third, and I am very far from stupid. I tried hard at my maths for the first attempt, but the teacher wasn't especially good, and by the third attempt I had given up even trying. I can do stuff I need to do (usually) and when I can't, OH bails me out. Letters make perfect sense to me and I love organising them and re-organising them (word puzzles and the like) but numbers just don't make sense in the same way, and people like me need better teachers to enable us to access it. But as you rightly say, that's life.