Teenagers in The Times: August 2021

Teenagers in The Times: August 2021

Here is the August 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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For Some College Students, Remote Learning Is a Game Changer

Last year, online classes helped many students with disabilities pursue their education. They want the option to continue.

Doubts, Anger and Anxiety: What It’s Like to Go to School Now

What was supposed to be a new, relatively normal year has become a politicized, bewildering experience for many parents, students and educators.

Campuses Are Virus Incubators, but These Colleges Can’t Require Vaccines

University of Texas at San Antonio will begin with mostly remote classes, because of the city’s high infection rates. Other schools are trying to avoid that fate.

The School Kids Are Not Alright

“A year of lost schooling will hurt children for years to come,” states this Editorial.

How Our Classrooms Became Battlegrounds

“Our schools have long been spaces for right-wing extremist panic to disguise itself as a defense of children,” writes the author of this Opinion essay.

This Is the World Being Left to Us by Adults

“We will not allow the world to look away,” write the authors of this guest essay, youth climate activists from Sweden, Mexico, Bangladesh and Kenya, working with the international youth-led Fridays For Future movement.

She Was Declared a Witch at Salem. These Middle Schoolers Want to Clear Her Name.

An eighth-grade class in North Andover, Mass., is seeking to clear the name of Elizabeth Johnson Jr., who was convicted of witchcraft in 1693.

Teenage Aviator Aims to Be Youngest Woman to Circle the Globe Solo

Zara Rutherford, 19, left Belgium last week and plans to complete her journey by early November. She landed in New York City on Thursday.

‘This Is Really Scary’: Kids Struggle With Long Covid

Lingering physical, mental and neurological symptoms are affecting children as well as adults, including many who had mild reactions to the initial infection.

Babies and Toddlers Spread Virus in Homes More Easily Than Teens, Study Finds

Although young children bring the coronavirus home less often than teens do, their close contact with caregivers may make them likelier to transmit it.

Young People Do Not Need Shaming to Get Vaccinated

“The barriers young adults face are not inherent to their age, but they have fewer resources to tackle them,” write the authors of this Opinion essay.

Half of the adolescents in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, White House says.

Jeff Zients, the Covid-19 response coordinator, called the news “a major milestone in our efforts to vaccinate adolescents.”

Britain to Include 16- and 17-Year-Olds in Covid Vaccine Campaign

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization advised Britain to expand vaccination for 16- and 17-year-olds with no underlying health conditions. Shots were already open to ages 12 to 17 with increased health risks, or living with an immunosuppressed person.

Are the Kids All Right? Ask the Camp Directors.

Summer camp in the middle of a pandemic has been a tech-free, joyous balm for some. For others, though, it’s a pit of anxiety.

The record for the youngest gold medalist stays intact. But who exactly holds that record remains a mystery.

Kokona Hiraki, 12, and Sky Brown, 13, won silver and bronze in park skateboard, leaving Marjorie Gestring, a 13-year-old American diver, as the youngest athlete to have won an Olympic gold. But there’s a twist.

Athing Mu wins the 800 meters with a dominant performance.

The 19-year-old won with a time of 1:55.21, a new national record and her personal best time.

A 17-year-old sprinter from Tampa, Fla., is the youngest Olympic track competitor for the U.S.

Erriyon Knighton broke Usain Bolt’s under-18 record in the 200 meters in May and surpassed Bolt’s under-20 record in June, and he beat reigning world champion Noah Lyles in two races at the Olympic trials.

Student-Athletes Can Now Earn Money. Here Are the Pitfalls.

College athletes have limited life experience and financial expertise, which makes them ripe for being taken advantage of, wealth advisers say.


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