Will the pandemic stigmatize an entire generation of children?
today at 10:21 am
Teachers unions can blame themselves for this new worry
Oh, swell. Here’s something new to fret about: The New York Times reports:
Research shows many young children have fallen behind in reading and math. But some educators are worried about stigmatizing an entire generation….[There is] a roiling debate in education, about how and even whether to measure the academic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s children — and how to describe learning gaps without stigmatizing or discouraging students and families.
This “roiling” debate misses the mark by a mile. Instead of this navel-gazing dispute over whether to test children about something we already know–the school shutdowns have done incalculable damage to a generation of children locked out of in-person learning–the education establishment should be concentrating on how best to reopen the schools. And how to make up for the damage that the teachers unions have done to this generation.
Yes, an entire generation, from pre-school to college students, has been stigmatized and discouraged. Whether or not to test them to prove it is something that only “experts” would puzzle over. Do we need more studies to explore whether children have been stigmatized and discouraged? I suspect that grant applications already are flooding the U.S. Department of Education to get a slice of that multi-trillion-dollar pandemic “relief” package.
Children have been over-tested as it is. We know that children aren’t getting the education they deserve and the kind that’s an essential ingredient of self-government. Too many teachers “teach to the test.” It’s a waste of time and an unnecessary burden to what children already are carrying in a public school system that is serving them and us poorly.
There’s an education industry that makes money off of massive testing schemes. Fine, everyone has a right to pursue their careers and make a living from them.
But until the education establishment rises up against the teachers unions and others who have subjected children to this horrifying lockdown, it has lost its way.
We know they are.