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The triple impact of school closures on educational inequality

Source: VoxEU CEPR

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social machinery.”

-Horace Mann, 1848

Quite ironically, however, the pandemic-induced school closures and other aspects of remote education pose the threat of deep and long-lasting inequalities. This column argues that channels operating through schools, peer effects, and parental investments have all contributed to massively growing educational inequality during the Covid-19 crisis. Among 9th graders, children from low-income neighborhoods in the US are predicted to suffer a learning loss equivalent to almost half a point on the four-point GPA scale, whereas children from high-income neighborhoods remain unscathed.

Source: VoxEU CEPR

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social machinery.”

-Horace Mann, 1848

Quite ironically, however, the pandemic-induced school closures and other aspects of remote education pose the threat of deep and long-lasting inequalities. This column argues that channels operating through schools, peer effects, and parental investments have all contributed to massively growing educational inequality during the Covid-19 crisis.

Read the full article…

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Reversing the Pandemic’s Education Losses

David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, and Henrietta H Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF write about mitigating educational challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent opinion piece (December 2021) for Project Syndicate. Excerpts from the article:

“According to World Bank estimates, pandemic-related school closures could drive up “learning poverty” – the share of 10-year-olds who cannot read a basic text – to around 70% in low- and middle-income countries. This learning loss could cost an entire generation of schoolchildren $17 trillion in lifetime earnings. Throughout the pandemic, marginalized children have struggled the most. When classrooms around the world reopened this fall, it became clear that these children had fallen even further behind their peers. Before the pandemic, gender parity in education was improving. But school closures placed an estimated ten million more girls at risk of early marriage, which practically guarantees the end of their schooling.”

Further, they discuss prospects for higher investment in education, some best practices, and access to digital learning as a “great equalizer”.

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David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, and Henrietta H Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF write about mitigating educational challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent opinion piece (December 2021) for Project Syndicate. Excerpts from the article:

“According to World Bank estimates, pandemic-related school closures could drive up “learning poverty” – the share of 10-year-olds who cannot read a basic text – to around 70% in low- and middle-income countries. This learning loss could cost an entire generation of schoolchildren $17 trillion in lifetime earnings.

Read the full article…

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