• Annals of Pandemic Panic

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Mon Aug 14 21:05:05 2023
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    The Journal’s Douglas Belkin, Ben Chapman and Ben Kesling report:

    The knock-on effect of years of remote learning during the pandemic
    is gumming up workplaces around the country. It is one reason
    professional service jobs are going unfilled and goods aren’t making
    it to market. It also helps explain why national productivity has
    fallen for the past five quarters, the longest contraction since at
    least 1948, according to the U.S. Labor Department... Employers are
    spending more time and resources searching for candidates and often
    lowering expectations when they hire. Then they are spending millions
    to fix new employees’ lack of basic skills.

    Talent First, a business-led workforce-development organization in
    Grand Rapids, Mich., is encouraging employers to stop trying to hire
    based on skill. Instead, hiring managers should look for a willingness
    to learn, said President Kevin Stotts.

    “Employers are saying, ‘We’re just trying to find some people who could
    fog the mirror,’ ” Stotts said.

    Since 2020, when the pandemic began and remote learning moved students
    out of schools and into virtual classrooms, the pass rates on national
    certifications and assessment exams taken by engineers, office workers,
    soldiers and nurses have all fallen.

    Meanwhile, in the Boston Globe Christopher Huffaker reports similarly depressing data about the panicked Covid-era spending on K-12 education:

    When the American Rescue Plan Act passed in March 2021, hopes were high
    across the country that the much-needed influx of funds to public
    schools could help students recover from months of remote learning, and
    also fill holes in school infrastructure the pandemic exposed, like
    outdated HVAC systems.

    But with a year remaining to spend the $2.6 billion in total relief
    funds that went to Massachusetts schools, it’s unclear how far those
    dollars have gone, and what they have achieved. State test scores from
    the 2021-22 school year showed a partial recovery, but more recent
    national data from the assessment and research organization NWEA showed
    a concerning reversal: After progress in the prior year, scores backslid
    in 2022-23... Absent further recovery, students stand to take major
    hits to lifetime income and other outcomes...

    Let's go Brandon!

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