Saturday, May 20, 2017
UNH Study shows Rich/Poor gap in school extracurricular activities
Extra Curricular Activities by Income by Sarah Leonard
Every now and then we see a piece of interesting original research. A Ph.D. student at the University of New Hampshire looked at how kids spend their extracurricular time. She found that poor kids work at about half the rate of rich kids. And rich kids participate in all after school activities at a 50% higher rate. Poor kids are more likely to join sports teams while rich kids join clubs.
The study uses data from the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health.
The research also found that the highest income group was twice as likely(33%) to work than the lowest income group(17%).
Other findings include: low-income youth spend more time using electronics and watching TV.
The Rich/Poor achievement gap has long troubled educational advocates. While lots of studies look at the teachers and courses, or parents and home background, extracurricular activities have not been as closely looked examined.
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