The WSJ reports on studies by brain scientists, psychiatrists, educators and economists researching how children have been affected by learning loss as a result of school closures in 2020-2021. During the first 21 months of the pandemic, schools were closed for an average of 224 days. More than 1.6 billion, approximately 80%, of all school-aged children globally missed a significant amount of class time.
Academic and Health Consequences
- One study showed average IQ scores fell by 20 points compared with prior years.
- Students in the U.S. fell behind 3-6 months.
- In the U.S., ER visits for mental health issues in 2020 increased 24% for kids aged 5 – 11 and 31% for kids aged 12 – 17, compared with prior year
- Eating disorders in adolescent girls doubled in 2020 vs 2019
- Tic disorders in adolescent girls tripled in 2020 vs 2019