Intro to the Article
By Dr Beck
Are American elementary and middle school students ‘more stupid’ today? Is the pandemic really to blame? How can that be proved?
It’s not the students’ fault. Remember in the age group 10-14 years old, the second highest cause of death is suicide. This is the age before legal vaping, but not before these children are exposed to prescribed narcotics and the ADS(ADD)-orchestrated cornacopia. Do children want to live or die? They want to live. They want to succeed. They want to read, and understand this World. It is up to their parents; to their schools; to their teachers to open doors for them, and be responsible for them. If anything, these latest scores are a reflection of a still-broken educational system, not of stupid kids or pandemics disorders.
“The results, from what is known as the nation’s report card, offer the most definitive picture yet of the pandemic’s devastating impact on students.
Oct. 24, 2022, 12:01 a.m. ET, for The New York Times
“U.S. students in most states and across almost all demographic groups have experienced troubling setbacks in both math and reading, according to an authoritative national exam released on Monday, offering the most definitive indictment yet of the pandemic’s impact on millions of schoolchildren.
“In math, the results were especially devastating, representing the steepest declines ever recorded on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nation’s report card, which tests a broad sampling of fourth and eighth graders and dates to the early 1990s.
“In the test’s first results since the pandemic began, math scores for eighth graders fell in nearly every state. A meager 26 percent of eighth graders were proficient, down from 34 percent in 2019.
“Fourth graders fared only slightly better, with declines in 41 states. Just 36 percent of fourth graders were proficient in math, down from 41 percent.
“Reading scores also declined in more than half the states, continuing a downward trend that had begun even before the pandemic. No state showed sizable improvement in reading. And only about one in three students met proficiency standards, a designation that means students have demonstrated competency and are on track for future success.
“And for the country’s most vulnerable students, the pandemic has left them even further behind. The drops in their test scores were often more pronounced, and their climbs to proficiency are now that much more daunting.
“I want to be very clear: The results in today’s nation’s report card are appalling and unacceptable,” said Miguel Cardona, the secretary of education. “This is a moment of truth for education. How we respond to this will determine not only our recovery, but our nation’s standing in the world…”