According to a report by CBS, about 40 percent of school districts in America have not reopened, allowing students to participate in some form of distance learning.
And it doesn't work. To say the least.
Students in about 40 percent of school districts across the country haven't seen a classroom in more than eight months – and their grades tell a sad story. https://t.co/JfOD7YzAQT
– CBS this morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 7, 2020
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Grades are falling for many and the school disorder takes an emotional toll on the children.
CBS News gave a snapshot of the problem in a report on Monday.
"In Houston, one of the largest school districts in the country, the number of students with failed grades is skyrocketing," reported CBS News.
"This fall, 42 percent of students received one or more Fs in their first evaluation period that were 100 percent virtual," according to CBS News. "Last year only 26 percent fell into that category."
Experts insist that social factors are the main drivers of this problem.
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Dan Domenech has been the principal and executive director of the American Association of School Administrators for nearly three decades.
Domenech told CBS News, "We know there has been a significant loss of learning, but I'll tell you we are less concerned about it than about the social and emotional factors."
"We're seeing an increase in the stress students experience and the emotional impact it has on them," said Domenech. "We are carefully monitoring suicide rates, which is an important factor."
"As a result, we are more concerned about our students' emotional well-being at the moment than about their academic loss," he added.
It's not particularly controversial these days.
This is @ashishkjha, dean of the Brown School of Public Health.
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– Karen Vaites (@karenvaites) November 29, 2020
It is clear: school closings cause considerable damage
The Washington Post published a similar story in late November, stating that distance learning was a disaster.
"After the US education system slumped into zoom screens last spring, experts feared millions of children would fall behind," the Washington Post reported. "Hard evidence now shows that you were right."
"A spate of new data – at the national, state, and county levels – has shown that students are out of this academic year," noted WaPo.
The news agency also found that ethnic minorities and the poor were hurt the most.
"Most research concludes that color school students and high school students in high-poverty communities lagged behind their peers, compounding long-standing gaps in American education," the Post reported.
On Monday, education news agency Chalkbeat reported similar results from distance learning.
"In the Houston, los Angeles, Chicago, and elsewhere above the countryThis fall, more students fail in class, ”reported Chalkbeat.
"Students whose grades are the lowest, teachers say, are both the students who stopped coming to class and the ones who simply fell very far behind," noted Chalkbeat.
"He still just thinks he should give up, but I keep trying to encourage him to get better." A look at how the surge in failed grades this fall is impacting student engagement / self-esteem, and how teachers are trying to adjust to keep Ss updated https://t.co/cIffZNwACA
– Kalyn Belsha (@kalynbelsha) December 8, 2020
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"In both cases, teachers are trying to figure out what to do with the many missing assignments," the new institution noted.
Chalkbeat added, "Some teachers are spending more Fs than ever before."
Enough already: open schools again
This does not need to continue.
Several studies have shown that K-12 schooling is relatively safe and does not contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
Some experts have found that the best thing for the educational, emotional, and physical health of young people is to keep schools open.
This opinion is supported by our esteemed COVID guide Dr. Fauci confirms:
"Close the bars and keep the schools open," says Dr. Anthony Fauci community level of spread low. "https://t.co/th9oAKhHYa pic.twitter.com/pDuTdQ0Vfp
– ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 29, 2020
Why are about 40 percent of American schools closed? Whom does it help? Because we know it hurts a lot of students.
If ever there was a time to invoke the "do it for the kids" cliché, that time would be now.
Reopening schools: our children depend on it.