Important article by @Laura Meckler on COVID’s toll on students.
—> Students who learned from home fared worse than those in classrooms
—> High-poverty schools did worse than those filled with middle class and affluent kids
—> older students, who have the least amount of time to make up losses, are recovering much more slowly
—> setbacks that were more severe the longer students stayed in virtual school.
—> The more weeks of remote learning, the less students learned during that time-period
—> Hispanic and particularly Black students grew academically more slowly than expected, as did students with disabilities
All of this was predictable, predicted, and preventable.
"In math and reading, students are behind where they would be after a normal year, with the most vulnerable students showing the steepest drops"
Kids out of school was the national emergency never treated as such.
Schools closures were the national emergency that was never treated as such
Thanks for having me on @Bianna Golodryga and for bringing attention to issue of tens of millions of kids not in school.
COVID risks to kids AND adults in schools can be managed; costs of kids out of school are escalating rapidly.
This is a national emergency.
The know how. The tools. The guidance. The money.
Early summer, 2020.
The rest of the nonsense? Just excuses. There was no reason to close schools, and no reason not to act. Stunning leadership failures.
Do Not Close the Schools Again
The argument for keeping schools open rests on two constants ever since the Covid pandemic began: The risk of severe outcomes to kids from coronavirus infection is low, and the risks to kids from being out of school are high