Students did NOT experience "learning loss." Students absolutely learned during Covid: how to navigate new and shifting learning environments, persisting when all society's institutions failed them, responding to adversity, on and on.
The "Learning Loss" framework simply amplifies already-existing inequities in K-12, and reinforces the deficit model of higher ed, where all we talk about is what our students *can't do*, as opposed to what they can. Curricula were disrupted. Learning, though, did not stop.
We're gonna have a whole bunch of campuses that say they're committed to DEI work, and then turn right around to talk about how to "compensate for learning loss," as if that whole framework isn't an archetype of "the college-ready student" saturated in whiteness and wealth.
I say this all the time: we should be designing courses and curricula for our students, not in spite of them.
And to cap this mini-thread/rant, one of the best ways to get about this work is to read @joshua_r_eyler's How Humans Learn. I'm rereading it again right now, and remain in awe of how insightful and humane a book it is.
PS--Yes, students missed specific things in specific subjects. But content coverage does not equal learning. When we say "covering content," remember that describes what teachers are doing, not students. Learning is not simply being in the same space as someone "covering" things.
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