Education is one of the most important things in a child's life. What kind of education they get can dictate how they turn out in life, what kind of job they have, and how successful they will be. Missing any significant time of school can put a child behind and can play a major factor in hurting them in the long run. It is a parent's responsibility to help their children and to invest in their children's education, to make sure they are as successful as they can be. A few years ago, the pandemic shut down the world, including schools, and while the education system was able to adapt and do online classes, the long-term effects are beginning to show. Now, a few years removed from the pandemic, are children still suffering in their education, and has it put them behind in their learning?

Pandemic Effects on Education in California

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Credit: Taylor Wilcox on Unsplash

While the pandemic may be a few years in the past, it is still hurting and affecting children who were in school during that time. According to a recent study by, reading scores have dropped significantly from 2019 to 2022 for children aged 4 to 11. The survey polled over 800 parents, and it was revealed that one in three think the pandemic is still affecting their child's education and has put them behind where they should be. It isn't hurting their children only in the classroom but has played a factor in hurting them socially as well. Some solutions parents think could help their kids get caught up would be after-school tutoring, year-round school, or longer school days. 

Kids Suffering in School From Pandemic

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Credit: Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

Without hands-on teaching, students struggled and fell behind during the year away from class, and are still trying to get caught up. Some students have been able to adjust back to normal better than others, but younger students seem to be paying the price. The subjects that these kids are struggling the most in are math at number one, reading at number two, and English at number three. While the pandemic is not the only reason for reading scores being down and students struggling, it is a factor that is tough to account for. To see the full study and data, make sure to click the link in the paragraph above.

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Many kids are suffering educationally, and while the pandemic is a part of it, there are other factors as well. The hope is that these kids can get caught up and eventually be able to be where they should be education-wise. Make sure to invest in your kid's education and put in the extra time and effort with them, and perhaps they will get caught up and even move past other classmates. Education begins at home, and instead of blaming what happened and the school system, help your kids if you can and help them figure out their struggles.

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