Dropping academic grades proves the failure of the public education system

tNational Assessment of Educational Progress
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last week. The entire nation bombed. Every region, red and blue countries, poor and rich, black, white, and brown – it’s a complete disaster.

The failure of our education system in the age of COVID isn’t exactly news. During Zoom School, parents everywhere experienced firsthand the vulnerability of American education and its strange preoccupation with left-wing social theory. But the data is staggering nonetheless.

Some highlights of the report:

  • These are the largest fourth- and eighth-grade math drops ever.
  • Approximately 40% of all eighth graders fail to understand basic math concepts.
  • Only 26% of eighth graders are proficient in math.
  • Only 36% of fourth graders are good at math.
  • 37% of fourth graders performed below “basic” reading.

You can’t walk down the street in America today without stumbling upon simple statements about the value of our children. Our children are our most precious resource. Our children are the future.

However, when they were most in need of adults, we cowered. We have allowed fear to overpower our reason. We have not risen to our lofty pettiness.

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The implications of poor NAEP results are taken into account. What exactly does it mean for an entire generation of students to be less educated than previous generations? How will it affect our future economy? How will it affect our global competitiveness with the rise of totalitarian China?

Whatever one thinks of the state of American democracy, this is all that stands in Xi Jinping’s way. If democracy depends on educated citizens, and if our children really are the future of our country, then the NAEP results predict a profound democratic decline.

This disaster will ripple and spread for decades. It’s like a nuclear explosion, only slower.

Incredibly, advocates for the educational establishment have been quick to downplay COVID-related learning loss. In fact, they don’t even seem to believe there is a problem.

“There is no such thing as learning loss,” said Los Angeles Teachers Union Leader Cecily Myart Cruz
He said
. “It’s OK that our kids may not have learned all of their time schedules. They learned flexibility.”

Not to be outdone, National Education Association director Becky Pringle said she would not use the term “learning loss.”
Because, in her view, “students are always learning.”

This is the president of the largest and most powerful labor union in the United States using the thinking skills of a young child. It is indeed a fun idea, and true enough, that kids are always learning. But do they learn anything that prepares them for the future?

These silly defenses to fail would be laughable if the circumstances weren’t so serious. until the The Daily Beastwhich is perhaps the most loyal purveyor of the mainstream liberal narrative, is
For teachers scalp.

However, instead of taking this crisis seriously, many in the establishment believe they can shell out the money to solve the problem to end it. A widely circulated study from researchers Kenneth Shores and Matthew Steinberg, for example,
It is estimated that $700 billion in government spending is needed to offset the learning loss associated with COVID
– A truly absurd sum that only an idiot could entrust to such a poorly run public institution.

The idea of ​​compensating for learning losses of this magnitude by writing big checks is happy talk. Any teacher will tell you that there are not enough teaching hours in the day to maintain the current level of underachievement. With more and more resources and time being spent on social-emotional learning—the undisputed top priority of our education complex, as a cursory glance at the state education website will show—basics like reading and writing were already facing pressure.
The rise of mental disorders among our youth,
Especially among young girls, it exacerbates the problem.

The problem is not financing. Even with the millions of dollars that state public education systems receive each year, what we do isn’t working. The system is flat.

What makes this failure so much worse is the fact that academic decline during the pandemic was not inevitable. In fact, a quality education could have been provided during the pandemic. And we have proof.

If you count the 1.6 million students currently enrolled in Catholic schools as their own state, they will rank first in student achievement during a pandemic, and it won’t be soon. Kathleen Porter Magee, superintendent of Partnership Schools, a management firm that operates 11 Catholic schools in New York and Cleveland, wrote a recent opinion piece in Wall Street Journal This explains why Catholic schools can serve students of all levels so well.

To start, Catholic schools have authentically “followed the science” when it comes to closing and reopening. They were among the first to close when COVID hit and among the first to reopen once it was established that children were at extremely low risk from the virus. On the other hand, public schools have been at the mercy of anti-science hysterics from blue state teachers unions, government officials, and parents, and their students have suffered greatly.

But Catholic school students thrived. Fourth graders performed at grade level a year and a half ahead of their public school peers. Eighth graders performed two full grades ahead of public school students in reading.

Perhaps no one has benefited more from attending Catholic schools than minority students. Black students in Catholic schools tested a full year ahead of black students in public schools, and Hispanic students performed better than their public school counterparts in every category. The K-8 Catholic Schools are the only private schools in the country that serve the urban poor on a large scale, and they were introduced to these communities when times were tough.

Even more impressive is the fact that Catholic schools have been able to lead the nation in student achievement at a fraction of the cost. The average annual tuition fee for Catholic schools is $5,300, which is


than the national average
Funding of the public education system flows into every student.

There is a scheme available for educational excellence in this age. We can only pray that public school leaders have the wisdom to put their statements down and take notice.

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Peter Lavin is a New England writer. Follow him on Twitter at @Laffin_Out_Loud.

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