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Two Studies Show Pandemic Lockdown’s Devastation On Kids


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Key Points

  • During the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the American public was assured by both the mainstream media and those in the federal government that our children were “resilient” and could easily make up any learning loss incurred through digital, at-home learning.
  • In September, the U.S. Department of Education revealed reading and math scores of elementary school students plummeted during the pandemic. The hardest hit: fourth graders, whose scores registered the largest drop in two decades.
  • COVID-related school shutdowns and delayed reopenings have placed learning losses at the equivalent of a year or more of schooling, resulting in 6% to 9% lower lifetime earnings for the average student and more drastic losses for minority and low-income children, according to a report by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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