Over-reacting to COVID was an educational, economic, and moral tragedy. Schools were closed for too long, and we are now dealing with the consequences. Schools should open on Saturdays and extend hours to get math and reading back to pre-pandemic levels. Undoing the damage of these awful decisions should begin immediately.
The impact of COVID on the education system is undeniable, however, the school system has long been failing. Curriculum and school funding are becoming more polarized and politicized, enrolments in alternative schooling are increasing, and school violence and shootings are a real worry. There has been long-fuse a systemic failure that can't be pinned on COVID alone.