Why lockdown and distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to increase the social class achievement gap - Nature Human Behaviour

The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures and distance learning that are likely to exacerbate social class academic disparities. This Review presents an agenda for future research and outlines recommendations to help parents, teachers and policymakers to limit the impact of school closures.

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Hasnain says:

Only read the intro so far and the data is staggering.

“Not only did the pandemic lead to the closure of schools in many countries, often for several weeks, it also accelerated the digitalization of education and amplified the role of parental involvement in supporting the schoolwork of their children. Thus, beyond the specific circumstances of the COVID-19 lockdown, we believe that studying the effects of the pandemic on academic inequalities provides a way to more broadly examine the consequences of school closure and related effects (for example, digitalization of education) on social class inequalities

Data from non-Western countries highlight a more general digital divide, showing that developing countries have poorer access to digital equipment. For example, in India in 2018, only 10.7% of households possessed a digital device, while in Pakistan in 2020, 31% of higher-education teachers did not have Internet access and 68.4% did not have a laptop”

Posted on 2021-09-28T03:15:19+0000