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Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities
February 2015
Rodney S. Whiteman, Tiffany Kyser, Sara Bangert, Seena M Skelton, Kathleen King Thorius

This edition of the Equity Dispatch explores how inclusivity in extracurricular and nonacademic programming can be a complex issue. Despite the difficulties or challenges, it is the right thing to do for all students, whether those students have dis/abilities or not. Rather than displace this issue as a problem situated outside of schools and under the control of interscholastic organizations, equity focused educators should look at this issue as a systemic problem. Having open conversations about inclusivity can help expose ways in which well-meaning educators, coaches, judges, and referees may all be complicit in creating an exclusive culture. If we are to move to an education system that is truly inclusive and values all children, these issues must be addressed.

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