The May 23 article “The Great Depression paradox: Children survived, then thrived” surprised me, since I’m worried that “coronavirus fatigue” — physical and mental disorders brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic — has had a profound impact on students.

Indeed, according to the article, Glenn Elder, a sociologist, discovered a correlation between the Great Depression in the 1930s and younger generation’s greater success. A key to their success was family ties. Children as family members helped and worked hard for parents striving to make ends meet. Many of these boys later climbed the corporate ladder more quickly than others. Also, both boys and girls developed such abilities as resilience, determination and self-confidence, eventually bringing them a much happier life.

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