NOTo Parents need to be told that remote learning during COVID has been a disaster.
But a new study confirms it. His findings cry out to the sky for the accountability of those who caused this disaster in their own school districts by ignoring science and keeping school buildings closed long after there was any justification.
Harvard researchers found that students in schools that stayed away through 2020 lost half an academic year’s worth of learning during the two-year window beginning in fall 2019.
There was a significant difference between students who returned to in-person learning after initial nervousness over COVID and those who did not. Students who returned to in-person instruction in fall 2020 only lost 20% of an academic year.
So, in mostly liberal jurisdictions that bowed to teachers unions and kept schools closed long after there was any scientific justification, students suffered a 150% greater loss. It’s also worth noting, with Democrats giving so much lip service to “equity” and “inclusion,” that their policies were much harsher on high-poverty school districts.
There was a direct correlation between the loss of learning in remote schools and the level of poverty of the schools in question. Although conservatives have been pointing this out for years, it demonstrates once again that teachers‘ unions have been particularly damaging to students most at risk.
It helps to understand how much damage teacher union intransigence and other forms of COVID security have done to the education system over the past two years. As an extra kick in the pants for concerned parents and their children, the states that played the biggest role in the problem are also the most likely to waste federal COVID aid on false learning, such as the critical race theory and other divisive, toxic, and ideological brainwashing efforts.
Parents have noted the failure of schools in this regard, and they do not take this to account. This is why enrollment in public schools has plummeted.
This becomes especially apparent when you look at individual school districts and the number of students they have lost. Overall, public schools lost 1.27 million students this school year and last, but those losses are concentrated in specific states and districts.
According to the new Back to Learn Tracker, New York, Oregon, Hawaii and California are all in the top five states for the loss of student enrollment in their public schools, each losing between 4% and 6% of its students. It’s even worse at the local level. Over the two-year period in question, Chicago lost 6.5% of its enrollment. The Los Angeles Unified School District lost 8% of its enrollment, while the San Francisco District lost nearly 9%. New York public schools lost 9.5%, with Rochester losing 10.8%. Minneapolis lost nearly 13%. Richmond, Va., lost more than 14%.
Some of these students entered private schools or home schooling. Some of them, especially in low-income areas, will simply not go back to school at all, which is very sad. The resulting failures in life can be blamed on the same sham unions and spineless administrators who refused to do their jobs in the fall of 2020.
Between the reluctance of teachers’ unions to work and the reluctance of administrators to heed science and reopen, the public school industry has, in some places, literally decimated its own enrollment and influence. It would be a good thing, except that it comes at a huge cost. The neglect of so many adults who knew better has caused a generational loss of learning that will never be fully recovered.