The full extent of the damage that’s been done to an entire generation may not be known for many years, but in the immediate aftermath of closures and shutdowns ostensibly to keep kids “safe” it’s now becoming clear to even those who didn’t predict what would happen:
Children’s learning loss in the pandemic isn’t just in reading and math. It’s also in social and emotional skills. In a New York Times survey of 362 school counselors across the U.S., they said students are behind in abilities to learn, cope and relate. https://t.co/CkyUNZ8q0e pic.twitter.com/b3JnHMFdJv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2022
From the story:
In a survey of 362 school counselors nationwide by The New York Times in April, the counselors — licensed educators who teach these skills — described many students as frozen, socially and emotionally, at the age they were when the pandemic started.
“Something that we continuously come back to is that our ninth graders were sixth graders the last time they had a normative, uninterrupted school year,” said Jennifer Fine, a high school counselor in Chicago. “Developmentally, our students have skipped over crucial years of social and emotional development.”
Nearly all the counselors, 94 percent, said their students were showing more signs of anxiety and depression than before the pandemic. Eighty-eight percent said students were having more trouble regulating their emotions. And almost three-quarters said they were having more difficulty solving conflicts with friends.
Color us SHOCKED… but not really.
A reminder that long term school closures were a catastrophe for America’s most vulnerable children. The increase in dropouts will hurt the US for decades to come. https://t.co/7XWC3f7D8W
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) May 30, 2022
Way to go, Democrats and teachers unions!
The same experts who told you remote learning would turn out fine will tell you to trust them to fix this problem. Don’t listen to them. Fire them and rely on different experts, and people and parents with common sense instead, who knew better from the beginning. https://t.co/tg4YXXooMr
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) May 30, 2022
Who saw it coming? Anybody who chose to acknowledge what would be the obvious negative effects of closures, shutdowns and lockdowns.
Good people in this country said this would happen to kids. The left didn’t care and did it to them anyway. https://t.co/cAFdDDBkCn
— NevilleTheCat (@FearTheFloof) May 30, 2022
All for political reasons — and who will be held accountable?
They report on this today as if we haven’t been saying this for months and months and months.
No shit, Sherlocks. Kids have been immensely damaged because you needed fear to prevail in order to create a dystopian nightmare. We get it. https://t.co/mtMBCHlG2Y
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) May 30, 2022
What they did to kids during the pandemic was unforgivable.
Some of us said this in 2020. We were called racist. https://t.co/LnnE0NSp9a
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) May 30, 2022
Vote for Ron DeSantis.
— Max+ (@MaxNordau) May 29, 2022
The pandemic didn’t do this.
The heartless and thoughtless policy response did. https://t.co/o9jO0abqRa
— David L. Bahnsen (@DavidBahnsen) May 30, 2022
Exactly! But they said it was “science,” or something.
There is not a single facet of the pandemic that the Left got right. Every attempt at mitigation made things worse, both for the spread of the virus, and for our overall societal well-being.
Masks, lockdowns, remote learning, vax requirements. All of it an abject failure. https://t.co/XtN5YpKTDi
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) May 30, 2022
Children paid and are still paying. Sad. https://t.co/Zn7RtkwlbK
— JIA (@JeremyinAkron) May 30, 2022
They knew what they were doing, and it had nothing to do with “safety” or even health.
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