Teenagers in The Times: April 2021

Teenagers in The Times: April 2021

Here is the April edition of Teenagers in The Times, a roundup of the news and feature stories about young people that have recently appeared across sections of NYTimes.com. We publish a new edition on the first Thursday of each month.

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Howard Students Protest Cut of Classics Department, Hub for Black Scholarship

Howard University’s board of trustees approved the decision to scrap the program, the only such department at a historically Black university.

One High School, Five Students Fatally Shot

Five students at a Knoxville, Tenn., high school have been killed in gun violence this year, plunging a community’s young people into a whirlwind of trauma.

Why Students Are Logging In to Class From 7,000 Miles Away

Students are joining remote classes from outside the country. In one New Jersey school district, computers were traced to 24 countries on a day last month.

For many college students, pandemic life is disappointing. For others, it is a financial crisis.

As campuses struggle under the shadow of the pandemic, many students report having trouble paying for food, housing and other basic needs.

Italy’s Problem With School Dropouts Goes From Bad to Worse

Even before the pandemic, Italy had among the worst dropout rates in Europe. But closed schools and online classes have pushed students out in higher numbers.

Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic

Some families have come to prefer stand-alone virtual schools and districts are rushing to accommodate them — though questions about remote learning persist.

100 U.S. colleges will require vaccinations to attend in-person classes in the fall.

Private colleges make up the bulk of the schools with vaccine mandates, but some public universities have also moved to require shots, according to a survey by The New York Times.

Only 8 Black Students Are Admitted to Stuyvesant High School

Once again, tiny numbers of Black and Latino students received offers to attend New York City’s elite public high schools.

School District Investigating ‘Abhorrent’ George Floyd Image Posted by Student

A football player posted the image, which superimposed two Virginia high schools’ logos on the faces of Derek Chauvin and George Floyd, to celebrate his team’s victory, according to the district superintendent.


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