The Disastrous Crises of Education

Ian Mitroff
3 min readMay 29, 2024

I’m publishing this series of articles to share and discuss my ruminations on coping with a troubled and messy world. You can “follow” me to never miss an article.

An Op-Ed in The New York Times by the Editorial Board only adds confirmation to what it’s reported before[i]. Namely, the Pandemic has resulted in severe, long-lasting harm to the education of children. Once again, preparation for future Pandemics requires more than just the involvement of the various Health Professions by themselves. It demands the close cooperation and coordinated efforts of multiple of disciplines and professions.

In no uncertain terms, the Op-Ed states clearly:

“The school closures that took 50 million children out of classrooms at the start of the pandemic may prove to be the most damaging disruption in the history of American education.”

Thus, student progress in Math and Reading has been set back by two decades and widening the gap in achievement between poor children and those from wealthier families.

As a result, Economists are predicting that because of the significant gap in Education, the current generation will experience greatly lowered lifetime earnings with their becoming a “significant drag on the economy”.