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Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture

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Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture follows the path of elementary school-age children involved in competitive dance, youth travel soccer, and scholastic chess.



Why do American children participate in so many adult-run activities outside of the home, especially when family time is so scarce? By analyzing the roots of these competitive afterschool acWin:
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Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 3rd 2013 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Allison
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have a lot to say about this book, as a former competitive ballerina...will air all that out later as I think this through but overall very glad I read this book. It makes me think about my philosophies and intentions when it comes to raising our sons. This book strikes a chord regardless of where you land on the issue. Let's all discuss...
Mark Steed
I bought this book on the back of a Harvard Business Review Blog article by the author believing it to be a research study into the relationship between competitive sport/ activities and future university and career success. Sadly, despite this being the thrust both of the HBR article and of the book's Preface, this is not the core of its thesis. Rather, Playing to Win is a sociological study of American parenting - focusing on how and why (middle class) parents are devoting increasing amounts o ...more
Debbie Morrison
Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture is true to its title, yet with constraints since the only sports examined in the book are chess, dance and soccer. The book is the product of the author's PhD thesis which creates some challenges with how the book reads. At times it's repetitive, contains information that is unnecessary, such as the descriptive data on the families she studied--martial status, income, religious affiliation, etc.

The main premise appears to be the idea of
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Lauren Apfel
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'Playing to Win' is an incisive, well-written and expertly researched sociological account of today's competitive youth culture. It explores the relationship between children's after-school activities - with a focus on chess, soccer and dance - and their parents' belief that participating in such activities is an essential step on the road to the 'good life.' What makes it a cut above is the author's voice. Levey Friedman does an enviable job of presenting the history and infrastructure of compe ...more
Jessica Smock
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was educator who later became an educational researcher and doctoral candidate in educational policy, the impact of afterschool activities on children, families, schools, and society was rarely discussed. This is a book to read if you've always been curious about why kids today are so busy outside of school and why these activities have become so competitive. It's a sociological perspective to parents' and children's experiences, but it's so relevant to researchers and educators (as well ...more
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Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD, is the author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture. She teaches courses in the Department of Education at Brown University. Prof. Levey Friedman is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the United Way of Rhode Island and volunteers as an active Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She is also a civic leader, having served as Chair of the ...more