Survey: Pandemic Shutdowns Created ‘Lost Generation’ That Will Impact Careers, Mental Health

Casey Harper, The Center Square

A new national study shows parents worry that the effects of pandemic shut downs on students’ learning abilities and careers could have long-lasting consequences.

Express Employment Professionals releases a new Survey Wednesday that explores the “long-term personal, professional, mental and financial ramifications” for students impacted by school shutdowns.

The poll found that 81% of adults think the school disruptions will create challenges for young people’s school and job performance.

“The disruptions to education will mean a whole generation or more is falling further behind,” Express CEO Bill Stoller said. “Getting back to the pre-pandemic status quo won’t be enough. And Americans are in general agreement: we’re witnessing the creation of a ‘lost generation.’”

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The group said that “the vast majority (84%) think a ‘lost generation of students’ will be a problem for employers in the U.S., including around one-third (34%) who think it will be a large problem.”

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The survey found that “nearly three-quarters of Americans (74%) believe society as a whole will suffer from the ‘lost generation’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic and when asked who is responsible for fixing the ‘lost generation of students,’ Americans most commonly say the individuals themselves are responsible (52%).

These are followed by the parents (45%), educators, (e.g. teachers, school administrators etc.). (43%), the U.S. Department of Education (39%) and employers (31%).”

Researchers found Americans are concerned that the loss in education will have a long-term impact on GDP, mental health, and affect students’ lifetime earning capacity.

“The start of this new school year is an inflection point with big implications in the coming years,” Stoller said. “Intervention now is imperative to save this ‘lost generation,’ and the good news is it’s not too late. Change will take a concerted effort by many entities, but it’s well worth the investment.”

The Harris Poll conducted the survey in the U.S. from July 29 to August 2, 2021 and questioned 2,099 U.S. citizens aged 18 or older.

This article was Syndicated by permission of The Center Square.