Skip to comments.TIME TO HALT BUSING?
Posted on 06/19/2012 8:19:06 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
An Atlanta talk jock and wag has frequently observed that its common knowledge that a black kid is incapable of learning unless sitting next to a white kid.
With energy costs soaring (thanks largely to the destruction of the currency by the fools in Washington but that as is the entire matter of government schools is off topic or is it?) and county and local governments scratching around for more revenue, raising taxes, etc., has ANYONE given even a moment of thought to the heretical idea of ENDING BUSING of students all over hell and back when they, as did those of my generation, could WALK TO NEARBY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS? I walked more than a mile to and from my elementary school. The walk bike ride by then -- to my junior high school was even longer.
Those polluting buses, their maintenance, fuel, driver pay, etc. are costly items a return to the neighborhood school could eliminate from those strapped budgets.
Then theres the issue of safety: How strange that you or I can be ticketed for NOT buckling up, while our kids ride around in these steel deathtraps (some of which hurtle through my subdivision at 40 and 50 MPH!) UNRESTRAINED. And the bullying and mischief that goes on during those drives to distant schools is a growing problem.
Just thought Id toss this one out there and see if anyone else thinks its time to stop the busing.
Oh Yeah, it makes tons of sense.
Think how much money would be available for tutoring, etc. if we could just stop hauling kids all over creation.
More importantly, think how much healthier and happier the children would be if they could attend nearby schools.
I was unaware that the use of busing to achieve “racial balance” was still being practiced.
In California, busing was imposed by judges, but in the 1970’s and 1980’s, many liberals in California sacrificed their political careers on the altar of this practice, because the public would routinely vote busing advocates out of office. That’s what happened to the judge who originally ordered the use of busing to “desegregate” Los Angeles.
When you were a kid there was less traffic, therefor less chance of getting hit by a car while crossing the street. There were also less, at least less obvious, child molesters to harm children on their way to school. I’m with you as far as hating the darn school buses getting in front of me and holding me up.
That's what happened to a school in a district in suburban Los Angeles that was subjected to court-ordered busing in the 1970's and 1980's. Money that could have gone to keep the school library open and fund other educational programs instead went out the tailpipe.
The only message I get from govt intervention on behalf of minorities is that the minorities involved are critically handicapped and are incapable of surviving off the govt “plantation”.
The monies would have been better spent upgrading/replacing inadequate facilities ("unequal" distribution of funds was one of the rationalized "selling points").
In the early 1970s, an uncle that taught science in a Jr. High, 9th, and maybe 8th grade as well, and the bused-in students knocked the books back to the 4th grade level, shafting the everybody in the process.
In another district, my cousins had to go to a weird schedule because of busing. Either getting to class by 7AM, or having the late schedule going to 4 or 5PM.
There was a time in Nashville back before its city and county governments merged into a “Metro” government that the city schools had no buses. Students walked to school, biked, rode city buses, or were droped off via their parent’s cars or hookups. Nowadays there are fleets of buses for those same schools. Hitler invaded Russia with less vehicles than we waste on idiotic school bussing with insane district lines.
As I always say there is nothing worse for the environment than the Sierra Club and the Greens. Can you imagine them taking on this issue? They don’t object to burning fuels in this case.
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