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The New York Times editorial board penned a new editorial on Saturday stating that the school closures enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic “may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education.”
The editorial provided a reflection on the “significant” learning losses stemming from keeping around 50 million kids out of the classroom because of the virus, and urged elected officials and the education community to move quickly to heal some of the damage.
The paper came to these points after certain mainstream media outlets supported these same closures. Some media figures have continued arguing they were good decisions.
“The evidence is now in, and it is startling,” the editorial opened. “The school closures that took 50 million children out of classrooms at the start of the pandemic may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education.”
“It also set student progress in math and reading back by two decades and widened the achievement gap that separates poor and wealthy children,” it added.
The board added that the learning losses “will remain unaddressed when the federal money runs out in 2024.”
The board noted that “students who grew accustomed to missing school during the pandemic continue to do so after the resumption of in-person classes.
“Millions of young people have joined the ranks of the chronically absent — those who miss 10 percent or more of the days in the school year — and for whom absenteeism will translate into gaps in learning,” the board wrote.
The Times also noted that the kids are “also vulnerable to mental health difficulties that worsened during the pandemic.”
“The school closures that took 50 million children out of classrooms at the start of the pandemic may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education,” the editorial board writes. https://t.co/jfxjHdkGzu
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 18, 2023
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