As millions of kids skip kindergarten, the learning gap widens – and schools may lose funding
February 23, 2021
Last school year was hard enough. Denise Ladson Johnson’s son Moses struggled with the abrupt transition to distance learning in the spring, with having to say goodbye to his teacher and classmates and not knowing when he’d see them again. It didn’t help that Moses was only in prekindergarten at the time.
The instability was a big reason Ladson Johnson, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, decided to homeschool Moses this year rather than enrolling him in his district’s kindergarten program. There were too many "uncertainties," Ladson Johnson said. How could Moses, who's now 6, learn lessons and social skills remotely?
She didn’t want him to spend his days in front of a computer. She wanted him to enjoy being a kindergartner.