From our friends at the American Enterprise Institute – a new and important study that shows the damage caused to kids when schools shut down. “It’s worse than you think.”
An excerpt of the AEI story is below. To read the entire report, click here.
The coronavirus pandemic is worsening again, and so there’s again a debate over shutting down the American economy. But whatever happens next, we need to move heaven and earth in a creative and audacious way to keep schools open and get more kids back into classrooms for in-person learning.
Last July, my AEI colleague Michael Strain calculated that losing the spring and fall semesters would lead to a significant reduction in future earnings for today’s students: “My back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that represents a loss of over $30,000 per decade in earnings for a typical worker who graduated high school but didn’t attend college. The longer schools are closed, the larger the hit future earnings will take.”