Learning Loss: A Real Concern, a Deficit Mindset or an Overblown Semantic Debate?


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The terms learning loss and COVID slide have become a hodgepodge of competing views among educators. Some have voiced passionate warnings about the impact of viewing students through a deficit lens. Others point to credible research that the loss is real and could impact some kids for years to come. Another group sees the topic as an exercise in semantics easily remedied with more appetizing terms like learning recovery. What say you?

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Rita Wirtz has served as a Title I ESEA Program Evaluator in the California Penal System, Curriculum Consultant for Sacramento County Office of Education, School Principal, Reading Instructor, K-Adult Teacher, and Special Needs Educator. She has written a number of reading books for parents and teachers (including Reading Champs: Teaching Reading Made Easy and Stories from a Teacher’s Heart: Memories of Love, Life and Family. In addition, her blog on Bam! Radio’s Ed Words continues to bring fresh insights to the world of education and life.

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