The Education Lost to the Pandemic

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The closure of schools because of the pandemic and the advent of widespread virtual learning has impacted students of all ages — but particularly the youngest children.

Lack of access to technology and difficulties with parental supervision meant that attendance for many children was spotty.

Research suggests that this missed learning may have long-term impacts.

What is the educational cost of pandemic learning and how are schools trying to get children back to class amid the Delta variant?

On today’s episode

Dana Goldstein, a national education correspondent for The New York Times.

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What was supposed to be a new, relatively normal year has become a politicized, bewildering experience for many parents, students and educators.

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Dana Goldstein contributed reporting.

The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Daniel Guillemette, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, Liz O. Baylen, Asthaa Chaturvedi, Kaitlin Roberts, Rachelle Bonja, Diana Nguyen, Marion Lozano, Soraya Shockley, Corey Schreppel, Anita Badejo, Rob Szypko, Elisheba Ittoop and Chelsea Daniel.

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