NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Education experts are warning that a sizable number of students are entering classrooms underprepared in some cases, grade levels behind, and that some may struggle with serious behavioral issues as children across the United States return to school following coronavirus lockdowns that kept them out of classrooms for up to two years.
According to Tony Kinnett, executive director of the heterodox education journal Chalkboard Review and former STEM coordinator and head instructional coach for Indianapolis Public Schools, some of these students are returning to school many grade levels behind. “It’s not like these kids are simply resuming up where they left off when they return. They have deteriorated as a result of the lack of academic rigor they have experienced over the past year to year and a half.”
It’s a complete disaster, Kinnett declared.
A new report from the Department of Education
According to a report released earlier this month, math and reading test results fell to their lowest levels ever during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The DOE stated that compared to 2020, “average results for age 9 pupils in 2022 decreased 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics.” This represents the first such score fall in mathematics and the greatest average score decline in reading since 1990.
The results dropped at a time when kids were already having difficulty. Before governments began closing schools in the spring of 2020, many school districts were seeing a decline.
According to Erika Sanzi, director of outreach at Parents Defending Education and a former teacher, “two thirds of students in the U.S. didn’t read at grade level anyhow prior to the pandemic.” “Already, things were horrible. The home is even more on fire right now than it was before.”
Experts told Fox News Digital that in addition to pupils having less understanding when they return to class, remote learning has also caused children to lack focus and self-control.
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Lindsey Burke, director of the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital that 84% of school districts are reporting declines in classroom behavior if you look at some of the most recent reports that have been published in districts that have already returned to the classroom this year. “So I believe that is probably another one of those downstream adverse effects of having schools shut down unnecessarily for years in certain situations,” she said.
84% of public schools either agree or strongly agree that “the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the behavioral development of students at their school,” and 87% agree that students’ “socioemotional development” was “negatively impacted,” according to a DOEs Institute of Education Sciences study published earlier this year.
More than a third of public schools reported an increase in conflicts, bullying, and violence threats that were “affected” by the pandemic, according to the survey.
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Sanzi referred to the behavioral abilities acquired in classrooms as “you learn to behave, you learn to sit on the ground.” “You learn your letters, your colors, your math, so all of these things have taken such a massive tumble and it doesn’t really seem like a lot of the powers that be are talking about that,” said the author. “You learn to keep your hands to yourself, you learn not to solve problems by stabbing your classmate with a pencil, and you learn your colors.”
Sanzi urged more people to understand that the learning loss brought on by this pandemic will only get worse as time goes on since the children who have fallen behind are unable to catch up. Those kids can lack the fundamental social skills they need as adults.
About 70% of male prisoners can’t read at a level equivalent to the fourth grade, according to Sanzi. “In 15 years, what will social promotion look like? When a fifth-grader is 22 years old, it is simple to claim that we will pass them along since they are not your issue. But failing to teach kids to read, which I would argue is the most fundamental role of education, has consequences because you can’t do any of the other things without it.”
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In order to solve the problem of learning loss,
Kinnett told Fox News Digital that school districts must first acknowledge that closing schools was a “error.”