(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- A new study from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia has revealed how remote learning, implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns, is seriously damaging students’ ability to learn.
The study, which came from the biggest school system in the state, showed how grades slipped dramatically during the time that students were expected to learn from home. Between the end of the 2019-2020 academic year to now, the number of people failing their classes increased dramatically.
“The percentage of F’s earned by middle school and high school students jumped from 6 percent of all grades to 11 percent – representing an overall increase of 83% from 2019 to 2020,” according to the Washington Post.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, the study showed even worse results for younger students. Middle school students saw a 300% increase in F grades and high schoolers saw a 50% increase. It suggests that learning from home simply isn’t the ideal alternative it is pitched as – an important lesson for teachers and politicians who are encouraging yet more lockdowns to help control the spread of COVID-19.
The damning study also showed catastrophic results for disabled students, with F grades rising by 111%.
“Based on the findings of the analyses presented here, there is reason for concern about the performance of some middle and high school students based on their Q1 marks from this school year,” the study, entitled “Study of Teaching and Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, revealed.
“Results indicate a widening gap between students who were previously performing satisfactorily and those performing unsatisfactorily. In other words, students who performed well previously primarily performed slightly better than expected during Q1 of this year. In contrast, students who were previously not performing well, performed considerably less well. A greater proportion of low-performing students received failing grades during Q1 than would have been expected based on patterns of marks in prior years,” it continued.
The news should be particularly concerning for parents in Fairfax who will not be sending their children back to the classrooms any time soon. In mid-November, it was revealed how public schools in the county had halted their plans to return 186,000 children back to the classroom.
Public schools in New York were also closed this month by Democrat officials, meaning children across the country will continue to face serious educational challenges.