NY Times finally admits the obvious about COVID school closures

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 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.

“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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