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Andreas Kluth

Stop These Cruel Experiments With Our Kids’ Education

Long after Covid is gone, countries that closed schools longer and didn’t teach well online will do worse than others. 

Who wants to keep school open?

Who wants to keep school open?

Photographer: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images

The world has been conducting an inadvertent socioeconomic experiment on young people, one that would in normal circumstances be prohibited for being cruel and inhuman. 

As part of their efforts to control the pandemic, many countries have for parts of the past two years closed schools. Some resorted to this measure more, others less, and they all did it in different ways. It’s as though they had set out to test what happens in the long term to individuals, societies and nations when you deprive some children of education.