Yet, other experts dispute the “lost year” rhetoric and predictions that U.S. children will fall behind peers in other countries. Among them is developmental-behavioral pediatrician David J. Schonfeld, who, while speaking to an Atlanta audience earlier this year, said kids everywhere have had setbacks in this pandemic. It is foolish, he said, to assert that American students will lose irredeemable ground.
Of late, more researchers have been sounding similar positive notes. Speaking on CNN earlier this month, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth, who studies grit and self-control in kids, emphasized that children are resilient. “Whether you’ve got a 2-year-old at home, a 6-year-old or a 16-year-old, while we should acknowledge there are difficulties, while we should acknowledge that it’s been particularly hard for teenagers in some ways...I think we should expect that most young people will bounce back,” she said.