ERIC Number: EJ1056739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 10
Inequity outside the Classroom: Growing Class Differences in Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Snellman, Kaisa; Silva, Jennifer M.; Putnam, Robert D.
Voices in Urban Education, n40 p7-14 2015
In this article, the authors report on research that shows that extracurricular activities help cultivate the skills, connections, and knowledge that prepare children for lifelong success. They add, however, that low-income students are increasingly being excluded from participating. Struggling with budget cuts and deficits, many school districts have cut back on their funding for drama clubs and music programs and either reduced the number of after-school sports offered or put a hefty price tag on participation, this also affecting working-class kids. Given the importance of extracurricular participation to children's future success and adult life, the authors highlight the dangers of eliminating these programs, especially for those who need them the most.
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Low Income Groups, Students, Working Class, Family Income, Social Development, Teamwork, Mentors
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail: AISR_info@brown.edu; Web site: http://www.annenberginstitute.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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