HOW IS THIS NOT COGNITIVE CHILD ABUSE? Flattening the Bell Curve

Twenty-two points. That’s how far the average IQ of American children has potentially fallen in the Covid-19 pandemic. Twenty-two points. . . .

 

We always knew that shutting down schools for a year—and then opening them only partially, and with a host of new, confusing rules thrown into the mix—was going to be damaging to kids’ social and academic development. But as the first quantifications start to emerge, and as we head into the third pandemic school year, it is hard even for critics to believe just how bad the problem is. On just about every available metric, a whole generation of kids is markedly worse off than they would have been had overzealous governments and overpowered teachers unions not flushed a year of education down the drain in an irrational panic. And its not like American public schools had a lot of wiggle room to begin with—numbers were already terrible. But I guess no child can be left behind if every child is left behind.