The disastrous consequences of the extreme measures imposed during the COVID pandemic when schools were shuttered, inflicting perhaps permanent damage upon the nation’s children, is so obvious that even the New York Times is now being forced to admit it.
When future historians look back on the era of paranoia, fearmongering and bullying imposed by authorities during the hellish years when Dr. Anthony S. Fauci reigned supreme, it will correctly be seen as one of the darkest periods in the nation’s history and even the staunchest cheerleaders for lockdowns and mask and vaccine mandates are now belatedly acknowledging the obvious.
In a Saturday op ed by the once-venerable newspaper’s Editorial Board, the writers admit that school closures that were enacted “may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education.”
“The school closures that took 50 million children out of classrooms at the start of the pandemic may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education,” the editorial board writes. https://t.co/jfxjHdkGzu
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 18, 2023
“The evidence is now in, and it is startling.” the NYT Editorial Board wrote. “The school closures that took 50 million children out of classrooms at the start of the pandemic may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education. It also set student progress in math and reading back by two decades and widened the achievement gap that separates poor and wealthy children.”
Worse is that the paper states that the “learning losses will remain unaddressed when the federal money runs out in 2024,” and kids will be paying the price for the COVID authoritarianism of adults – much of it politically motivated – for a long time to come, perhaps the remainder of their lives.
“Economists are predicting that this generation, with such a significant educational gap, will experience diminished lifetime earnings and become a significant drag on the economy. But education administrators and elected officials who should be mobilizing the country against this threat are not,” the Editorial Board laments.
The Times’ admission of what many had been saying from the earliest days of the bureaucratic reign of terror sparked a harsh response from users on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
OH MY GOD….NO WAY!!! Who could have possibly known this?!
— Jasmine Keith (@Jasmine_Keith1) November 18, 2023
— Eric McArdle (@EMcArdleInvest) November 18, 2023
Yeah we told you all this while it was happening and you called us racist members of death cult because we wanted to open schools. Reap what you sow.
— Skyler Lencz (@Lencz01) November 18, 2023
Everyone with an IQ above 80 knew this in 2020.
— Ken Sprague (@KenSprague5) November 18, 2023
The NY Times is startled by this? Just wait until you guys find out about the damage done by lockdowns and vaccine mandates.
— Don Wolt (@tlowdon) November 19, 2023
Do you even hear yourselves? The shame is on YOU. Do the world a favor, hire editors with moral fiber. Oops, is never a good excuse.
— Glenn Watts (@RacingToDisney) November 18, 2023
We screamed this from the rooftops.
The media didn’t listen. Rather, the media championed it.
— ranga.sol (@Rangaharris) November 18, 2023
Noted scientist Randi Weingarten was one of the key players in continuing to push this even after it was known how low the risk was to children. Teachers: you intentionally harmed your students because of your politics. Bravo.
— Spartan04 (@Spartan04148034) November 19, 2023
No. Shit. Sherlock
— Hugo Ruiz (@Iaminvisible789) November 18, 2023
No shit. And the entire left called people who stated this simple truth as it was happening in real time “child killers” and cowardly teachers union members cried on TV about how Republicans were trying to kill them.
US public education needs to be completely gutted and rebuilt…
— Nickamus (@Nickamus) November 18, 2023
No kidding. Half the country was screaming this from the beginning. Where were you guys then? I remember, you were cheerleading for the state and refusing to question the “science.” You’re a disgrace.
— LassoGuard (@TenForwardDrunk) November 18, 2023
And the people who pointed out at the time that this was going to happen were called “science deniers” and banned from social media. All for an illness that was less dangerous to children than the flu.
— Hevelius (@hevelius) November 18, 2023
Why are you attacking the science
— Ken Craig (@KC11A18A) November 18, 2023
“The learning loss crisis is more consequential than many elected officials have yet acknowledged. A collective sense of urgency by all Americans will be required to avert its most devastating effects on the nation’s children,” the paper stated with no apology for its own complicity.
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