Skip to comments.Why Can't She Walk to School? (Only 13% of kids walk to school in 2009)
Posted on 09/14/2009 7:40:44 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin
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Schools should never have been forced to consolidate into larger and larger schools. Your point about wasted fuel is a good one but also think of all of the kids that never got a chance to participate in varsity sports. If it weren’t for my sports experience I wouldn’t be the leader I am today.
What's wrong is the hold the MSM has on people and this story is another example of the illusions people suffer under which just aren't based on reality. The power of the MSM over people's thinking and behavior is way scarier than would-be kidnappers.
They did it last Fall with the economy and they did it with global warming and this is just another example of how they operate IMO.
Happens in my neighborhood, too, even though every house is on a residential-only street, with stop signs, sidewalks, and crosswalks. They could drop the the whole busload at a central point and no child would have to walk more than 10 minutes to his door.
Where are you? The West Bank? Dearborn, MI?
Sad, but I still don’t see why we need SCHOOL BUSSES if the school is under two miles away. If that is the case, the kids should be driven by their own parents.
I let me children out without supervision (my oldest is 15 and he watches his siblings) and had CPS called on me for neglect.
I really had no idea so many places had no sidewalks. That does make a difference. But, the voters should be raising a stink about that.
Yes this mother is sad. Wanting her 7 year old child walk to school??? Is this woman even stable enought to keep this kid. Now she has plastered her all over the media and still wishes her kid could walk. Man she has a deathwish on this child of hers.
It almost sounds like you live near me! In the subdivision, one can walk all around safely, but trying to get the last 100 yards to the school is a nightmare. People go roaring along in their SUVs talking on the cellphone, like they’re in their own private universe. (/rant)
30 years ago there were places kids to run to if they were worried about a stranger. These days, many don’t want to be involved.
Maybe that belief in times past was naivete, but I certainly don't believe it now.
Actually, when I taught elementary school (a couple of years ago) the kids DID seem insecure. They thought a lot about things like getting abducted or murdered. I never thought about it at their age (4th grade).
I think parents should do as they see fit with their own kids, however, I think it’s silly to suggest that there will be no repercussions from teaching them that danger lurks in every corner.
Unless the media is making child abduction stories up, I see parents' reactions as quite reasonable.
When I subsitute teach at my children's middle school, I don't see that. I see happy, confident kids.
Who all were driven to school by either a parent or carpool.
Wandering around unattended? Going to a specific place is not exactly wandering around. Unless of course you don’t trust your kids to go from point A to point B, but instead to just wander around. I admit, I never had to worry about that with my boys.
What is wrong with you?! Stop making sense!
LOL I suspect riding in a car with a parent on a cell phone may be more dangerous than walking.
Good question - I’m curious to know as well. Wondering if that was an isolated incident or an ongoing problem. I’d have to move, for sure.
As with everything else, they overhype the stories because they get money for doing so.
If there really were only 115 cases of abduction in the entire US of A as is reported in the article, fears are grossly exagerrated.
Right! When I was shopping for my first home it took me forever till I found a house I wanted. I finally found one where the elementary school was two blocks away, the middle school one block away and hi-school a couple of miles. My son walked to all three schools with never a problem.
I do recall (this would have been quite a few years ago tho) a program in which parents who were willing to be a place kids could go in case of emergency had signs in their windows. I don’t recall what, if any, sort of background checks were done, tho.
It’s sad that we don’t all know our neighbors anymore. But, even when I was growing up, I doubt I would have gone to anyone else’s house in case of emergency. I would have felt weird. I’m sure I would have hoofed it home. Of course, back then we were all in great shape from walking/running all over the place.
You may be right. As someone pointed out up the thread, abductions are vanishingly rare, in terms of overall population. Car accidents are terribly common, with injuries or fatalities to both passengers and pedestrians.
I lived upstate New York for 8th and 9th grades back in the 60’s. 30 min walk to school...at least 2 miles. I would freeze in winter, never got a ride to school. We would walk to school in a gaggle, we would always wait along the route, the gaggle would grow as the guy who lived the furthest arrived and we joined in. Don’t ever remember a snow day but remember walking through 6 inches of snow and still snowing. I remember class rooms had to have a coat and boot area because once you were at school you had to take off your arctic gear, could not fit into a locker.
Your experience is different than mine. Could be that middle schoolers are unlikely to talk about stuff like that with adults. 4th graders seem to talk about everything. Even things I suspect their parents would rather they did not.
As I said, walking to school is not an issue in my life.
I just fail to see the great benefit to it that others here obviously do.
It's just a risk/reward thing with me, with an infinite downside played against dubious upside.
Gee, we live just under a mile from a grammar school - all the children are bused. When they get home from school, the mothers put ‘Warning: Children at play’ signs in the middle of the street so the kids can play there. There’s a curve to the street and it isn’t unusual to come around it and have 4 or 5 kids playing in the middle of the road. When we’ve suggested that it probably isn’t a good idea to teach kids they can play in the road, the mothers go ballistic. Oh, yes - there are spacious back and/or front yards for all houses.
We’ve been in the neighborhood some 25 years. Never had this problem before. Don’t understand today’s parents.
Of course the media would never, never exaggerate anything in order to boost viewership.
I believe that the FBI's NCIC statistics show the total number of stranger abductions (not runaways, not by a family member) as less than 200 per year.
Now if you prohibit your kids from exposure to any other activity that kills 200 children, in all of America, per year, you are being logical in preventing them from walking to school. I might not agree with you, but you still would be logically consistent.
LOL, yeah i guess that’s it.
We did have a little girl murdered at our local mall last year. But, she was abducted, along with her mother, and both were killed and left in a vehicle in the mall parking lot. I suppose we should not take our kids to malls.
Sounds like the one winter we spent near Boston. It was SOOOO cold and we walked anyway. I was really glad when we moved to Georgia!
Ay-men to that. The kids in our town whose mommies -do- let them out of eyesight on their bikes zigzag down the middle of the road as if they expect that the world's job is to get out of their way. God help us when they are old enough to drive.
And as I said, parents should do what they think best. Always.
Since you're much more likely to get killed in a car wreck, have you sworn off driving or riding in cars?
After 3rd grade, I attended private schools, all of which were too far to walk. My children have always attended private schools with the same situation.
So, I am now trying to see how it benefits a child to walk to school. I am open to being persuaded, but no one's done it yet.
I walked or rode my bike. Sad that kids can’t be more independent.
I'll bet she wears a seat-belt.
From the Wikipedia synopsis..
"Meanwhile, back within the town limits a news report states that the parents are most likely to abduct their own children. Unable to think of any reasonable solution, they force all their children from the city, to avoid putting their children in danger of being kidnapped by their own parents."
>> In all those years I was never even approached by a stranger.
I was, during my elementary years in the mid 70s right outside the school property. I remember it well. I declined the offer for a ride home. A police report was filed but nothing ever came of it as far as I was told.
“The West Bank?”
LOL. I used to live in the territories. We have some heated incidents, but seldom day-to-day harrassments.
I don’t want to say my location (in the USA), but it is a well-established, largely Jewish community. Very residential, very upscale, doctors, lawyers, business exectutives.
It’s not a one-off, but it happens several times a year where someone throws things at the kids.
It benefits children in general to be doing things without adult supervision as soon as they are capable of understanding the basic safety rules for the particular activity. Walking to school is a subset of that.
I’d wash my hair everyday before school and it would be frozen by the time I would get to school...didn’t have hair dryers back then and didn’t want to wear a hat because it would mess up the hair!
“Id have to move, for sure.”
We’ve run out of world to move to.
Move, make it nice, 50 years later trouble follows.
No I have not. I’m a damn good driver. I’ve been driving for 35 years and never had an accident. My husband has been driving for 33 years and the only accident he ever had was an idiot in Miami who bumped him - not a big deal. No one in my family has had a wreck - both sisters, their kids, their husbands - maybe the bad drivers keep having accidents to run that stat up.
Oh, that would have been doubly miserable! At least I was only in 3rd grade and didn’t care how my hair looked!
You can bet on it, and I don’t text or talk on the phone either while driving.
There you go!
Otherwise risky activities can be rendered much LESS risky. Wear a seatbelt and drive your car safely. Wear a helmet and ride your bike safely. Use a safety rope and go mountain climbing safely.
Proper education of your child (walk directly to/from school, choose a public and visible route, no sight-seeing, no alternate routes, walk with at least one other friend, etc..)
It's a bigger disservice to your child to teach her to live in fear rather than to reduce the risks and live her life.
But given what I've seen from my own classmates, and those of my children, walking to school adds very little that can be observed.
On a weekly basis, we hear of someone following a child in Houston, or a situation where a kid walking alone was harrassed. I was in elementary school in a much smaller city than Houston in the 60’s. Even way back then, we had a man sitting in his car in front of the school offering candy to kids. I remember it well because the teachers came outside and watched us all cross the street for a few weeks - watching all the cars. Back then most of us walked home - I remember running and staying closer to the houses than the street because I was afraid.
Thank you. I wish more people would be like that.
Have these people never heard of a walking school bus?