Why do American children participate in so many adult-run activities outside of the home, especially when family time is so scarce? What are the roots of these competitive after-school activities and what are their contemporary effects?
Those are some of the issues that will be explored when the Family Education Network (FAN), in collaboration with the Glenview Education Foundation (GEF) and CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview, hosts a presentation by Hilary Levey Friedman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Ave.
Friedman will be discussing her book, “Playing to Win — Raising Children in a Competitive Culture.” Friedman is a Harvard sociologist and expert on beauty pageants, childhood and parenting, and competitive afterschool activities. Her book follows families with elementary school-age children involved in chess, dance and soccer, covering the history of the activities, what they mean to parents and children and implications for inequality and gender in the educational system.