The rising cost of extracurriculars


It can be pricey to have kids involved in sports or other after-school activities. A recent report from American Express claims parents spend an average of $455 per child on after-school programs, which is a 20 percent increase from last year. Sports have long been an avenue for low-income students to get scholarships to college, but that might not be an option if the cost of after-school sports and activities continues to rise.

This week we feature a report from Kirk Carapezza, an education reporter for WGBH who also writes for WGBH’s On Campus blog. Here’s a link to the original story.

For the story, Carapezza sat down with Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, author of, most recently, “Our Town: The American Dream in Crisis.” We include an extended cut of the interview on the podcast.