The New York Times ran a report last week that painted a bleak picture for the state of education in the U.S. due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The paper, citing the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, noted that undergraduate enrollment fell by 4.2 percent since the start of the outbreak.

Stanley Litow, a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University and former New York City public schools chancellor, told the paper that the country is in a “crisis,” especially when it comes to poorer students. 

“The population that we’re most interested in doing the most for seems to be moving in the wrong direction,” he said.

TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal had forecast for over two years that the draconian COVID lockdowns would dramatically destroy the lives and livelihoods of billions across the globe. From businesses being destroyed, to spiking crime, to drug overdoses, suicides, etc., we had also forecast the impact on young people who were ordered to stay home from school and not interact with people outside they’re homes. (See “SCHOOL LOCKDOWNS KILLING STUDENTS,” “AS FORECAST: U.S. SCHOOL CHILDREN GETTING DUMBER AFTER COVID LOCKDOWNS” and “WHO NEEDS COLLEGE? UNIVERSITIES STRUGGLE WITH ENROLLMENT AFTER COVID LOCKDOWNS, AS WE FORECAST.”

We have reported that the young have nearly no risk of death from the virus yet many schools and colleges have forced students to get the COVID Jab. The U.S. claims some 1.06 million died of the coronavirus since 2020, and of those, just 1,314 were children from 0-17 years old. (About 6,625 people from 18-29 died from the virus, which means those under the age of 30 accounted for just about .75 percent of the deaths.)

We have long noted that the media sells fear because that leads to clicks. Emerging just in time for the holiday season is what is being called a “Tripledemic,” which includes flu season, COVID-19, and the respiratory syncytial virus, or RV, which has sent young children to hospitals. 

“It is still early in the flu season and we are already seeing cases spike, so we have reason to believe that the flu could be extremely disruptive this year,” Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County public health officer, said last week, according to The Los Angeles Times. 

No mention, as always, in any of these articles is how overall fitness can prevent negative outcomes from these diseases, or how two years of lockdown weakened our collective immune response.

The Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University found that COVID-19 lockdowns in Massachusetts ended up costing public school students, on average, 75 percent of a year’s worth of math learning and 41 percent of reading. 

The impact on the students has been palpable. reported that reading scores in the state were 1.18 points above the national average in 2019, but fell to 0.77 points above the national average in 2022. In math, students in the state were 1.06 percent above the national average in 2019, but that number fell to just 0.3 points in 2022.

TRENDPOST: The mental health of students, teachers and school staff has been one of the unintended casualties of the COVID War that we had long forecast…  proving once again that the cure can be worse than the disease. (See “SCHOOL SHUTDOWNS = CHILDREN SUFFERING” 17 Nov 2020, “LOCK KIDS DOWN, SCREW THEM UP: SHOOTINGS SHUT DOWN 20 MICHIGAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS” 7 Dec 2021 and “PITY THE COVID-WEARY TEACHERS” 16 Nov 2021.) 
And all these stresses have been imposed on the segments of society at the very least risk from COVID-19; see “VAX KIDS? THE COVID RISK IS ‘TINY’” (13 Jul 2021).

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