The differences in racial and socioeconomic achievement among students are likely to widen.
New research suggests that by September most students will be behind what they would have been had they stayed in classrooms, some losing the equivalent of a full school year of credits academics. The disruption of education caused by the pandemic is likely to widen the gap in racial and socioeconomic achievement due to disparities in access to computers, home Internet connections and direct instruction by teachers.
Teachers and parents are concerned about the loss of the children, writes our correspondent Dana Goldstein.
In Aurora, Colorado, Clint Silva, a seventh-grade social science teacher, planned to spend the spring working with his students on research skills. For a remote mission, he asked them to create a main source on the pandemic that future historians could consult.
But only a minority of its students have consistently engaged in remote missions. “We know it is not a good way to teach,” he said.
Students could start next school year after losing up to a third of their expected progress from the previous year in reading and half of their expected progress in math, according to a working paper from NWEA, a non-profit organization, and academics from Brown University and the University of Virginia.
When all of the impacts are taken into account, the average student may be seven months behind in school, while Black and Hispanic students may experience even greater learning loss, equivalent to 10 months for children blacks and nine months for Latinos, according to an analysis by McKinsey & Company, the consulting group.
Economists polled by FactSet expect report to show employers cut 8.5 million jobs in May compared to more than 20 million in April, and unemployment rate hit 19.8%, the highest level since the Great Depression.
Many economists expect May to be the nadir of the job market and that unemployment will start to fall as states reopen and companies call their workers back. But it will take the economy a lot longer to get out of the hole than it did to get out of it.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that almost 1.9 Millions of Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, continuing to drop from the more than six million people who filed in a single week in March, but still at a remarkably high level.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned people against taking part in protests over the weekend, saying a large rally could sabotage the country’s efforts to control the epidemic.
“Let’s look for a better way and another way to express these feelings rather than putting your health at risk, the health of others at risk,” Morrison said on Friday.
Protests are held in solidarity with those in the United States over the murder of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and immobilized by a Minneapolis police officer, but they also focus on the country’s own problems with police brutality and racial discrimination against indigenous Australians.
Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at a disproportionately higher rate than the rest, and more than 400 have died in police custody since 1991.
Police in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, have asked the state’s Supreme Court to declare a demonstration in Sydney on Saturday illegal. On Friday, the state court accepted the police’s argument and refused to authorize the Sydney demonstration. They initially approved the event, but turnout is expected to reach tens of thousands – well above the police-set limit of 500.
“Instead of using guns to stop us, like in the United States, they use the law to stop us,” one of the event’s organizers told The Raul Bassi. Sydney Morning Herald Friday. “We are going to present our case this afternoon and see what is going on. “
Officials in Melbourne said the organizers would be fined if a demonstration scheduled for Saturday did not meet the state of Victoria’s 20-person limit.
But in South Australia, Adelaide police have granted residents an exemption to protest. “This is a unique and extraordinary event,” state police commissioner Grant Stevens said on Friday. “There is a feeling that suggests that people should have the right to protest on important issues.”
Australia, which imposed strict social distancing restrictions and closed its borders at the start of the epidemic, largely avoided the worst of the epidemic. As of Friday, he had reported 7,240 cases and 102 deaths.
In other developments around the world:
South Korea reported 39 new cases in and around Seoul, where a recent wave of infections has been attributed to nightclubs and an e-commerce warehouse.
In Spain, the government was due to announce on Friday a further relaxation of its lock which would allow restaurants and bars to serve inside customers, among other measures.
In Hong Kong, thousands of people flouted social distancing rules on Thursday as they gathered to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre.
In Great Britain, the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had reached an agreement with a vaccine manufacturing giant, the Serum Institute of India, to produce one billion doses of a potential antivirus vaccine for distribution in low- and middle-income countries.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of turkey revoked a controversial weekend lockout, citing “social and economic consequences”. The country’s interior ministry said residents would be confined to their homes over the weekend, but Erdogan said citizens’ complaints had made him reassess the decision.
The studies, published in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine in May, had produced surprising results and changed the course of research on the pandemic.
The Lancet newspaper reported dismal results on the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients. This has led to the suspension of some clinical trials of drugs, including by the World Health Organization. (Some have since resumed.)
President Trump has repeatedly promoted hydroxychloroquine despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness against the virus. Its approval had the effect of politicizing the scientific questions that would normally have been left to passionate researchers.
The Lancet, which was allegedly based on data from a huge private patient registry from hundreds of hospitals around the world, concluded that antimalarial drugs were associated with considerably higher rates of heart arrhythmias. and death in Covid – 19 patients. The database was owned by a company called Surgisphere, which is owned by Dr. Sapan Desai, one of the four co-authors.
Later on Thursday, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a heart study published by the same authors, using data from the same registry. The authors concluded that cardiovascular disease increased the risk of death in Covid-19 patients.
All laboratories will be required to send demographic data to state or local public health services based on the individual’s residence, according to details released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Public health experts have criticized the Trump administration for not having disproportionate effects of the virus on communities of color. The new guidelines came as large protests continued across the United States over the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died last week in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck.
Here’s what happened in the United States on Thursday:
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Temporarily Suspended Trial Judge Decisions Requiring the Trump Administration to Transfer Over 800 Elderly or Medically Vulnerable Detainees from an Ohio Prison Where Nine Prisoners Are dead from the virus. A court of appeal is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Friday.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city could begin a second phase of reopening “early in July”. Offices, stores and personal service businesses such as hair salons would be allowed to reopen with restrictions.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, told parliamentarians that the federal government and state health services need to dramatically increase the number of people who come in contact with people infected with coronavirus. He said up to 100,000 will be needed by September.
A Federal Court of Appeal has sided with Texas Republicans in their legal battle to restrict postal voting during the pandemic, reversing a lower court decision that would have allowed voters who fear the virus to vote by mail rather than in person.
The N.B.A. The players’ union is expected to consider a proposal to return to play next month in Florida after team owners overwhelmingly approved the plan on Thursday.
Mosques reopen for prayer in Jakarta, with a limited number and masks in place.
On Friday, mosques opened for noon prayer in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, for the first time in more than two months, but with social distancing protocols, temperature controls, face masks and plenty of disinfectant for hands.
Prominent rules required that the faithful bring their own prayer mats and keep their sandals with them in a plastic bag. Mosques were limited to half their normal capacity, and some people arranged diagonally like a human checkerboard.
President Joko Widodo, eager to move the country toward what he calls a “new normal,” attended prayers at the Baiturrahim Mosque inside the Presidential Palace complex in Jakarta. It can hold 750 people, but attendance was limited to 150. The president wore a gray mask and had his temperature checked upon entering.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who often disagreed with the president on how to deal with the pandemic, attended the Friday prayers separately at the Fatahillah Mosque in City Hall.
Friday noon prayers are the most important of the week for Muslims.
Anies announced on Thursday the reopening of the city’s mosques and set a timetable for the gradual reopening of offices, restaurants and shopping centers this month.
Indonesia has reported nearly 30,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,700 deaths.
Thanks to an antivirus lock, elephants roam freely in a Thai national park.
Pandemic blockages have allowed nature to breathe worldwide, bringing animals to unexpected places.
In Thailand, Khao Yai National Park, the oldest in the country, was closed to human visitors for the first time since it opened in 1962. The result? Its some 300 elephants were able to move freely, venturing out on paths once filled with humans.
With few cars around, elephants, the dominant species in the park, wander along the roads, munching on the foliage without having to retreat to the dangerous corners of the forest where the cliffs meet the waterfalls. Rarely spotted animals, such as the Asian black bear or the gaur, the world’s largest cattle, have also emerged.
“The park has been restored,” said Chananya Kanchanasaka, a veterinarian with the national park department. “We are delighted to see the animals come out. “
Reports were provided by Hannah Beech, Ben Casselman, Michael Cooper, Ellen Gabler, Dana Goldstein, Andrew Jacobs, Isabella Kwai, Apoorva Mandavilli, Raphael Minder, Richard C. Paddock, Roni Caryn Rabin, Nada Rashwan, Kaly Soto, Safak Timur, Declan Walsh and Noah Weiland.