For a year-and-a-half, children across the nation, including kindergartners, had to attend school virtually, watching their teachers on Zoom and logging onto the school website to be counted present for class. As for the kids who managed to attend in-person learning, the combination of social distancing, masks, and paperless instruction made their experience similar to those learning from home—except less fun and more depressing.
Anyone with common sense could’ve predicted that these restrictions would inflict a heavy toll on students’ learning and development. As bad as public schools could be, the sheer absence of any structured learning would result in severe learning gaps.
True, some parents took this as an opportunity to homeschool and prevent the vicious influence of leftist ideology from taking over classrooms. But far more parents were simply waiting for schools to open again and praying the learning loss wouldn’t be too bad.
Of course, it’s difficult to imagine what the “Covid Slide” really looks like,