Hilary Levey Friedman on the Evolution of Competitive Childhood Sports

Hilary Levey Friedman’s Atlantic article about the increasing prevalence of childhood competitive sports has spurred a discussion at the New York TimesRoom for Debate. The Times assembled a team of experts to debate how competitive youth sports should be, and whether sports overwhelm childhood or enhance it.

Friedman’s article gives historical context to the phenomenon of childhood sports and class, noting that “not until after World War II did these competitive endeavors begin to be dominated by children from the middle and upper-middle classes. The forces that have led to increasing inequality in education, the workplace, and other spheres have come to the world of play.” Read the full article at The Atlantic.