“Learning Loss” has grown to pandemic proportions, devastating the lives of millions of young people, particularly here in the United States.
Worse yet, “Learning Loss” is mutating, and today an astounding 16 different and uniquely challenging manifestations have been identified. To save their students, our teachers will need to acquire a specific skill set that will enable them to identify, diagnose, and treat this dizzying array of “Learning Loss.”
Not only are there 16 varieties; there are also degrees of “Learning Loss.” Unfortunately, some so-called experts rate “Learning Loss” as First Degree, Second Degree, and Third Degree without specifying whether they are using the BURN scale or the MURDER scale. That’s confusing because, while a First Degree Burn is mild, First Degree Murder is the most extreme charge. Similarly, a Third Degree Burn is life-threatening, while Third Degree Murder is the least serious murder charge (though the victim probably doesn’t care about the distinction).
Amidst all this confusion, there is good news: Teachers can be trained to recognize and treat “Learning Loss.” This must be our nation’s first priority in the battle against “Learning Loss.” As in the fight against COVID-19, we must first inoculate schooling’s front-line workers, the teachers.
Fortunately for America’s students, the educational equivalent of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is now available for teachers. A wonderful new video series demonstrates how to undo the damage done by “Learning Loss.” With their practical content and easy-to-follow procedures, these videos put the joy back into teaching….and enable teachers to rescue our children.
In these commercially available but non-profit training videos, “Learning Loss” is categorized as ‘Serious,’ ‘Moderate,’ or ‘Mild.’ No confusion there….unlike some profit-seeking competitors.
The traditional standardized test–a blunt instrument–simply cannot be trusted to pick up either “Literal Learning Loss” or the more subtle “Latent Learning Loss.” What’s needed is the specific but teachable skill of ‘Listening for Learning Loss.” With the help of this remarkable video series, a competent professional can master these techniques in a matter of days.
Full disclosure: I am the creator and host of the trademarked, patented video series, “Learning Loss Lessons.” Those who purchase it will learn about the 16 varieties of “Learning Loss” as well as two important general skills, “Labelling Learning Loss,” and “Limiting Learning Loss.”
The specific forms of “Learning Loss” covered in the series include two language arts deficits, “Literary Learning Loss” and “Lyrical Learning Loss” and four that are specific to the realm of mathematics and scientific reasoning: “Logarithmic Learning Loss,” “Logical Learning Loss,” “Linear Learning Loss,” and “Literal Learning Loss.”
My ground-breaking series also identifies subtle forms of “Learning Loss” that are related to the increasingly important realm of social and emotional skills, including “Listless (or Lethargic) Learning Loss,” “Lukewarm Learning Loss,” “Laconic Learning Loss,” “Likeable Learning Loss,” “Lapsed Learning Loss,” and (most difficult to overcome) ‘Lunchroom Learning Loss.”
Once teachers have completed watching the videos and mastering the prescribed techniques, they will feel confident when meeting with concerned parents. Soon they will be having conversations like the following, recorded recently in Washington, DC:
TEACHER: “Mr. and Mrs. Petrillo, your son, Chester, suffers from moderate “Literary Learning Loss” and mild “Longitudinal Learning Loss.”
PARENTS: “Thank heaven you have been able to diagnose Chester’s problem. We knew something was wrong but have been at our wit’s end. What can you do for him?“
TEACHER: “Fortunately for Chester, the path to a complete recovery is straightforward. First, a dose of what I call “Dynamic Rejection of Individual Learning Loss,” or D.R.I.L.L. That will be followed by “Kicking Individual Learning Loss,” or K.I.L.L. With enough D.R.I.L.L. and K.I.L.L., Chester will be inoculated against “Learning Loss,” and soon he will be experiencing school as he did in the good old days.”
PARENTS: “Thank you so much. This is such a relief.”
Imagine how reassuring this will be for teachers, administrators, School Board members, and everyone else who wants schools to keep doing things the way they’ve always done them.
The penultimate video in the series shows teachers and other professionals how to create and celebrate a “League of Learning Leaders,” its membership consisting of students who, thanks to extensive D.R.I.L.L. and K.I.L.L., have overcome their deficits.
School Districts may use funds from the COVID-19 Relief Act to pay for this vital professional development training for their teachers. And attorneys for Boards of Education will be pleased to learn that the vital issue of “Limiting Learning Loss Liability” is covered in detail.
Some argue that education’s first priority ought to be more counselors to counter the mental health damages done by a year without peers and countless hours staring at screens, but I believe schools should first purchase these valuable videos for their teachers. If there’s money left over, then by all means get extra services for the kids.
Here’s some pricing information about my valuable series.
The final video in the series, “Lucrative Learning Loss,” is largely autobiographical.