Teenagers in The Times: October 2021

Teenagers in The Times: October 2021

Here is the October 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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‘This Drop Came So Quickly’: Shrinking Schools Add to Hong Kong Exodus

The Chinese territory is experiencing its biggest population drop in decades as residents flee political repression and a new “patriotic” curriculum.

The Fight to Ban Books

Critical race theory battles hit libraries.

With Masks On or Off, Schools Try to Find the New Normal

Despite some turmoil, a vast majority of students have been in classrooms full-time and mostly uninterrupted this fall. Now, educators debate what’s next.

How Students Fought a Book Ban and Won, for Now

Hundreds of students, parents and residents in York County, Pa., protested limits on books told from the perspective of gay, Black and Latino children.

De Blasio to Phase Out N.Y.C. Gifted and Talented Program

The mayor unveiled a plan to replace the highly selective program, which has become a glaring symbol of segregation in New York City public schools, for incoming students. It will be up to his successor to implement it.

The Difference Between an Unpaid and a Paid Student-Athlete? Not Much.

Since July, the N.C.A.A. has allowed athletes to make money from endorsement deals. Fans don’t seem to mind.

His N.B.A. Dream Was Right There. Then He Couldn’t Move His Legs.

A mysterious illness on the eve of the 2019 N.B.A. draft derailed Kris Wilkes’s hopes of going pro. As he heals, he’s not giving up hope.

Headgear Reduces Concussions in High School Girls’ Lacrosse, Study Shows

A University of Florida study includes data from roughly 350,000 games and practices in more than 30 states. Headgear for girls has been mandated in Florida since 2015, and remains hotly debated.

Emma Raducanu, After U.S. Open Win, Keeps Her Feet on the Ground

The 18-year-old returns to the court at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., as a headliner, richer and more famous. She still needed a wild card.

The Next Generation of Men’s Tennis

Fixing this and that in their games, these 10 players could join the elite.

Transgender Athletes Face Bans From Girls’ Sports in 10 U.S. States

Over the past two years, nine states have enacted laws to bar transgender girls and women from competing in girls’ and women’s sports. Another relied on an executive order for a ban.