Like World War I and other epic events, COVID-19 could create the next Lost Generation

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Like World War I and other epic events, COVID-19 could create the next Lost Generation

Scott A. BassStopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, opening schools and reigniting the economy is job one for President Joe Biden and his ad

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Scott A. Bass

Stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, opening schools and reigniting the economy is job one for President Joe Biden and his administration. However, long after the virus is contained, and students are back in school, the residues of this pandemic will remain etched as stains upon America’s youth. What we do today will determine the fate of a generation whose spirit, hope, and energy are in danger of being forever lost.

The quantifiable consequences for young Americans already are beginning to appear. A generation of young people has been cut off from the socialization that is vital to their transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Millions have been isolated from friends, routine activities, and the traditions of high school or college.

With schools, teachers, and counselors at a distance too many children, especially impoverished or unhoused, may never recover the ground they have lost in attaining critical educational milestones. After a year of near isolation, impressionable adolescents have missed traditional passages and are left in their absence with a sense of emptiness, even despondency.

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