As we’ve reported on the pandemic this year, one thing stood out

COVID-19 has shaken life’s foundations—especially for young people. They're determined to make their choices matter.

Since the beginning of the year, this novel coronavirus has altered life as we know it. Worldwide a staggering number of people have contracted COVID-19, and a still growing number have died. No part of life is untouched: Work. School. Family life. Traditions such as graduations and, sadly, funerals, are changed nearly beyond recognition.

This special issue focuses on how the pandemic has remade our world—and how it might change our thinking and our actions even more in the future.

I think a lot about how this will affect kids. During video meetings we’ve held since we began working from home in March, I see colleagues’ young children in the background (and occasionally in the foreground). I worry about how being thrust into remote learning will affect them academically.

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