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1 min read
26 May

Article can be found here.

Educators need a plan ambitious enough to remedy enormous learning losses. Looking back I wondered how could our children be any dumber then they already were? Teachers in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic were teaching leftist political science instead of class subject. But I was wrong. This from the Atlantic.

 Starting in the spring of 2020, school boards and superintendents across the country faced a dreadful choice: Keep classrooms open and risk more COVID-19 deaths, ( Yeah right ) or close schools and sacrifice children’s learning. In the name of safety, many districts shut down for long periods. But researchers are now learning that the closures came at a stiff price—a large decline in children’s achievement overall and a historic widening in achievement gaps by race and economic status. 

The achievement loss is far greater than most educators and parents seem to realize. The only question now is whether state and local governments will recognize the magnitude of the educational damage and make students whole. Adults are free to disagree about whether school closures were justified or a mistake. But either way, children should not be stuck with the bill for a public-health measure taken on everyone’s behalf. 

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