"We, as a nation, failed our kids": The gruesome educational consequences of the pandemic

If you are a parent, teacher, or student, you don't even have to attempt to remember how perplexing, frightening, gloomy, and suffocating that first year of the pandemic was. You still likely perceive that period of time as having significance for both what occurred and what did not, each in their own unique way. Zoom was used for the graduations.

If you are a parent, teacher, or student, you don't even have to attempt to remember how perplexing, frightening, gloomy, and suffocating that first year of the pandemic was. You still likely perceive that period of time as having significance for both what occurred and what did not, each in their own unique way. Zoom was used for the graduations.

The author of "The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now," Anya Kamenetz, an NPR education reporter and parent, doesn't stop at simply describing the particularly disastrous educational disaster of 2020 and 2021.

Kamenetz recently spoke with Salon on the calamity that we all should have seen coming, the lessons learned from other countries, and why there is still hope for "post-traumatic growth" despite the terrible state of our educational system.

You have experience in this sector. You make it quite clear right on that a lot of this was not unexpected. In many respects, we were predisposed to the specific kinds of catastrophes that occurred. What did you expect to happen when you first started noticing the indicators in March 2020?

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I came to the conclusion that they gave youngsters more of a voice in their decision-making than we did. That originated from a wide range of institutions and aspects of culture and society that we lacked. They already had the infrastructure in place to support certain families financially through programmes like the child tax credit.

Germany put created a hotline with the message, "Please contact this number if you are at home, stressed out, and at the end of your rope." Never yell at your children. We are aware of how angry people are. We are available to assist you.

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