sports and adolescent school violence

Likewise, Good and Youth Radio have an infographic up questioning some common assumptions about sports in schools, where it is assumed all sports add value. In hard economic times, expanding sports programs may mean turning to less traditional sports with lower overhead and stronger anti-violence effects. Opening schools up to longer hours to those who need or want after school programs could increase employment and offer kids more support. Using that same approach and allowing all families to choose what services they need and want could begin to transform schools by empowering families in a core way. 

Short Fuses: Do Some Sports Make Kids More Violent? - News - GOOD:
Pump money into youth athletics and you'll decrease anti-social behavior and fighting, right? Well, the truth is far murkier, points out Elias De Leon from Youth Radio.

Coakley and McKenna stand on two sides of a divide when it comes to scientific and common-sense understandings of youth violence and how sports can be used to control it. Across the country, midnight basketball leagues and after-school teams claim to reduce juvenile violent crimes by keeping kids off the streets and playing games. But of all the model violence prevention programs in a national database out of University of Colorado in Boulder, none are sports-based. The divide is there even among people whose jobs are to bridge the science and the policies of curbing juvenile crime.


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