We’re Finally Starting to Understand the ‘Unmitigated Disaster’ of COVID Lock Downs On Our Children







This blog is based on a Daily Mail article, September 16th, 2022.


COVID lock downs and remote learning was severely detrimental to kids, with one expert saying it hurt everything from reading and writing to basic social skills.

The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a study on 9-year-old students over the two years since the pandemic began. They found test scores in reading fell five points, while in math they fell seven points.

The US Department of Education spokesperson called this the largest drop in reading test scores scary.

  • COVID lock downs and remote learning was severely detrimental to kids, with reading test scores falling five points and math dropping seven points

  • The Department of Education called it the largest drop in reading scores since 1990

  • As for math, it was the first time they'd ever recorded a lower average

  • Former education executive Tony Kinnett said that students are now coming back to in-person learning 'several grade levels behind'

  • Some experts suggest that the downturn had begun before the pandemic, but the long lock downs and lack of in-person classes made things worse

  • A DOE study further showed that 84 percent of public school officials said the pandemic affected students' behavioral development negatively

'It’s not as if these kids are coming back and picking up where they left off even. They’ve regressed because they’ve just had no academic rigor of any kind over the last year, year and a half.'

COVID lock downs and remote learning was severely detrimental to kids, with one expert saying it hurt everything from reading and writing to basic social skills


Testing scores in reading for 9-year-old students in 2022 dropped from 220 (on a scale of 500) to 215 during lock down


Testing scores in math for 9-year-old students in 2022 dropped from 241 (on a scale of 500) to 234 during lockdown. It's the first major decrease in math scores in the 50 years they've been recorded

Some experts suggest that the downturn had begun before the pandemic, but the long lock downs and lack of in-person classes made things worse.

Lindsey Burke, director of the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, said, 'I think that that is likely another one of those downstream negative consequences of having schools unnecessarily shut down for years in some cases.'

A DOE study further showed that 84 percent of public school officials said the pandemic affected students' behavioral development negatively and over a third said it caused more fighting, bullying and threats of violence.

Some experts suggest that the downturn had begun before the pandemic, but the long lock downs and lack of in-person classes made things worse

Erika Sanzi, director of outreach at Parents Defending Education, pointed out that kids learn key behavioral development from schools in addition to reading and writing.

She said, '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.'

Tony Kinnett argues that the first step is for school districts to admit that closing schools was a mistake.

He said, 'If you don't actually point out where the gap is, you're not going to move forward. The problem is they didn't learn for a year, and they were on their phones for a whole year.'

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