The coronavirus-19 virus has caused many problems all over the world. However, in addition to the sickness and death that has resulted from it, a lot of harm has been done to school-aged children. Among the most tragic secondary harm is the loss of learning among children due to school shutdowns.
In the United States, widespread coronavirus spread in communities is not always fatal. However, many educators and parents have taken the lowest-risk approach. In many cases, this involved closing schools and shifting to remote learning.
As coronavirus rates continue to decline, in some states, schools have remained closed with the consequences to the education of the affected children significant. Even remote learning does not fully eliminate this problem. This is because there is more to education than what we learn from books. The damage that is done in isolation that comes from keeping children at home cannot be properly measured. The lost learning in dealing with other people is never likely to show up in statistics. Also, remote learning lacks much of the personal interaction with the teacher that a child would receive in the classroom.
Ultimately there is no real way of telling how much learning has been lost by these school closings. To that end, low-income families have been disproportionately affected because some private schools have remained open even in areas where public schools have been closed. If a child’s parents have the means to send their child to a private school and the private school has been open these children suffer no loss of education. Meanwhile, the children of poor families have lost out on a considerable amount of learning.
But some educators, leaders, and parents believe this lost learning to be worth it. By contributing to lower community spread and preventing deaths, hopefully, these children will be able to catch up in the coming years.