Online school put US kids behind. Some adults have regrets.

Teacher Sarah Curry stands for a portrait in her fourth grade classroom in rural Hickman, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. “Should we have reopened earlier? Absolutely,” says Curry. She initially favored school closings in her rural Central Valley district, but grew frustrated with the duration of distance learning. She taught pre-kindergarten and found it impossible to maintain attention spans online. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Online school put US kids behind. Some adults have regrets.