Some Children Can’t Say Their Own Names After Lockdowns

( )- A recent study out of the UK found that the impact of isolation from lockdowns has caused many children entering elementary school unable to say their own names or eat using a fork and knife.

According to the study, a considerable number of UK children starting primary school for the first time aren’t yet toilet trained, haven’t used anything but a baby bottle for drinking, don’t know how to use utensils to eat, and suffer from delays in verbal skills.

The Times Education Commission’s report reveals a series of developmental delays that are widespread among UK children likely linked to the pandemic lockdowns and the lack of parental education.

One headmaster interviewed as part of the study said about 50 percent of children entering school for the first time haven’t been toilet trained. Four-year-olds lack the basic language skills to ask for a drink of water, with some of them using baby terms like “bot-bot” (AKA bottle) to say they want a drink.

Another headmaster explained that the school had to hold an assembly to teach the new students how to eat with a fork and knife because many of the children were still eating with their hands. The headmaster said the children are so far behind, they aren’t ready to be taught how to write their names, instead, the school is “teaching them to scribble.”

The developmental delay is more pronounced among children from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. By the time these children enter primary school, they are on average five months further behind than the children from affluent families.

The study concludes that the best way to solve the problem of delayed development is for the UK government to “overcome squeamishness about being seen to interfere in family life.”

Or, maybe the UK government shouldn’t lockdown the country over a virus with a 99 percent survival rate.

The study recommends the government push for adult education, more home visits from social workers, and set up drop-in centers.