With school cancelled, pools shuttered and beaches closed, this summer will test the patience of parents (“All the Reasons This Will Be a Bleak Summer for N.Y.C. Children,” The New York Times, Apr. 23). For young people in the city in particular, the conditions will be worse because they have no place to escape the heat.
No one knows how long such changes will exist. But what is predictable is that boredom, isolation and learning slippage will definitely make their appearance felt. Youth employment programs that used to provide jobs for teens paying about $3,000 have been cut back or cancelled, further disappointing them.
When the lockdown is eventually lifted, the effects will be reflected in plummeting test scores. The only positive thing I foresee is increased appreciation on the part of the public for the work that teachers do.
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