Teenagers in The Times: February 2019

Teenagers in The Times: February 2019

Below, the February 2019 edition of Teenagers in The Times. This roundup of the news and feature stories about young people that have recently appeared across sections of NYTimes.com appears on the first Thursday of each month during the school year.

For ideas about how to use Teenagers in The Times with your students, please see our lesson plan and special activity sheet, both of which can be used with this or any other edition.



Building Bots and Confidence

With Deilab, students get hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering, art and math, and they learn about resilience.

Women Sue Yale Over a Fraternity Culture They Say Enables Harassment

In a class-action lawsuit, three women claim Yale has fostered an environment where alcohol-fueled gatherings at fraternity houses dictate the undergraduate social scene.

Racist? Fair? Biased? Asian-American Alumni Debate Elite High School Admissions

When it comes to integration at New York City’s most competitive high schools, Asian-American alumni have many different reactions.

I’m Not Here to Answer Your Black History Month Questions

The burden of explaining black history often falls on black students. That’s not fair.

How Much Wealthier Are White School Districts Than Nonwhite Ones? $23 Billion, Report Says

The report took aim at school district borders, which it said wall off wealthier communities and, crucially, the money their property taxes raise.

Going to College Should Not Be a Financial Albatross

“Our country has most of the best colleges in the world. Students should be able to afford them, and borrowers should not be crushed by debts,” states this Opinion essay.

Colleges Expand Their Reach to Address Mental Health Issues

As they struggle to keep up with the demand, many schools are hiring more staff members and trying new approaches.

One Way to Make College Meaningful

“Don’t find yourself; find a vocation,” says this writer.

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

The College Board came up with a surprising conclusion about keys to success for college and life.


Civics, Politics, Economics and Business

‘Giant Little Ones’ Review: The Turmoil of Teenage Sexuality

This open-minded drama features strong performances and characters who speak in refreshingly unadorned dialogue.

Review: One Cheer for ‘We Are the Tigers’

High schoolers, jump scares and songs are a tantalizing mix. But Preston Max Allen’s meandering show squanders a promising concept.

‘Wrestle’ Review: On the Mat, Fighting for a Future

Raw and empathetic, Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer’s vérité portrait of four high-school wrestlers disdains forced uplift.

The Lustful Middle School Girl Rises

Thanks to “PEN15,” “Eighth Grade” and “Big Mouth,” the awkward, weird and sex-obsessed pubescent girl is having a moment.

Review: ‘PEN15’ Goes Crudely, Sweetly Back to School

The weird kid sister of “Broad City” and “Eighth Grade,” this Hulu comedy remembers middle school painfully well.

A Marvel Hero Copes With Bipolar Disorder

The teenage Wasp has inherited her father’s mission for justice. Like him, she must also learn to live with a mental health condition.

In a Memoir, Laurie Halse Anderson Gets Personal About Rape

Anderson’s novel “Speak” broke open the silence about teenagers and sexual assault. Now “Shout” aims to help other victims find their voices.