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    Archive for September, 2011

    El Alto 11: A marathon for better learning

    By - 27 Sep 2011

    I have been writing about what sports can do for academics and, in particular, the extra academic premium from endurance sports. This post describes one such athletic event that took place in a difficult educational and physical environment: Bolivia’s El Alto 11K, a running race sponsored by BancoSol, on 11 September 2011.

    Behind the El Alto 11K is the idea that athletics – and the solidarity and commitment it entails – will get youth to excel. Eleven kilometers translates into almost 7 miles, a distance for which prior training is highly advisable. The fact that El Alto is 4,100 meters above sea level – some 13,000 feet – adds to the necessity of training. This elevation is high, and the air is thin, even by Bolivian standards. 

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    Strong Bodies, Stronger Minds II

    By - 6 Sep 2011

    In my last blog, I focused on some recent findings that show how much girls can benefit from school-based team sports,  not only while in school but much beyond. New research confirms this, but goes even further. It inquires into whether physical exercise in general boosts academics or if there is an extra “academic premium” on any given type of activity.

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