After being guinea pigs in the Great Education Experiment of 2020 (i.e., remote learning), parents, teachers and students all breathed a collective sigh of relief (into their masks, of course) when in-person learning finally returned. To no one’s surprise, the remote learning model was kind of a shit show. So what did we learn from the experience? Well, we learned that living rooms make poor classrooms, parents are subpar teachers and teachers can’t hold the attention of kids over video chat. What’s more, the results of the experiment are trickling in, and the data suggests that students are still paying the price for the time they spent in a virtual classroom—namely because of what they didn’t learn.
Yep, pandemic learning loss is a real thing. We reviewed the statistics and spoke to Pamela Roggeman, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Phoenix to get the full scoop on how pandemic learning loss is affecting kids and what parents can do about it. (Spoiler: With a little first aid, it is correctable.)