Students face major educational setbacks due to the pandemic

HOUSTON – Educating children during the pandemic has proven a challenge with consequences education advocates believe will take years to correct.

Some experts have pointed to what they call the COVID-19 slide: cognitive regression among children who forget what they’ve been taught, due to inconsistencies in how they’ve been forced to learn.

The back-and-forth between in-person and virtual learning is central to the debate over what to do to make up for what students have lost and parents are left waiting and wondering what will be done to fix the problem.

“Our son is most successful when he has that continuum of education,” said Charmetria House.

House’s 16-year-old son, Devin attends Langham Creek High School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. House said when the pandemic began school shuttered and when it resumed in-person learning didn’t cut it for Devin, who has Autism.

“Because he is on the autism spectrum, he really needs someone sitting with him and getting that work done. Just popping him in front of a computer just really didn’t work,” House said.

Devin returned to in-person learning as soon as the option was made available by Cy-Fair ISD.

“He needs that continuum of education, not just the ten minutes here and there, and being in person he has that throughout the day,” House said, adding the return to the classroom has worked for her son.

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