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Why Can't She Walk to School? (Only 13% of kids walk to school in 2009)
New York Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Jan Hoffman

Posted on 09/14/2009 7:40:44 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin

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To: brytlea

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!


141 posted on 09/14/2009 9:26:01 AM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: HollyB

“I’d have to move, for sure.”

We’ve run out of world to move to.

Move, make it nice, 50 years later trouble follows.

Hence, Zionism.


142 posted on 09/14/2009 9:27:48 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: TChris

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.


143 posted on 09/14/2009 9:27:58 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Kanye West hates white people)
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To: Paratrooper

Oh, that would have been doubly miserable! At least I was only in 3rd grade and didn’t care how my hair looked!


144 posted on 09/14/2009 9:28:18 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

You can bet on it, and I don’t text or talk on the phone either while driving.


145 posted on 09/14/2009 9:29:15 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Kanye West hates white people)
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To: Trailerpark Badass; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I'll bet she wears a seat-belt.

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.

146 posted on 09/14/2009 9:30:30 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Notary Sojac
I never walked to school. Should I feel deprived? When I look back at what I WAS allowed to do, it was pointlessly reckless. Maybe my fearless independence was formed then, though, so maybe you're right.

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.

147 posted on 09/14/2009 9:30:53 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: Notary Sojac

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.


148 posted on 09/14/2009 9:32:34 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Kanye West hates white people)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Thank you. I wish more people would be like that.


149 posted on 09/14/2009 9:32:37 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

Have these people never heard of a walking school bus?


150 posted on 09/14/2009 9:34:34 AM PDT by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: TChris
Since you live in a State that has about 300,000 people total, it may not be apparent to you that bad things happen every day. Not all of the things are reported on national news - I can teach independence to my child in many ways that are safer than turning him or her loose alone.

You let your kids take the chances, I opted not to.

151 posted on 09/14/2009 9:34:45 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Kanye West hates white people)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
No I have not. I’m a damn good driver. I’ve been driving for 35 years and never had an accident.

That's all terrific, if you're the only driver on the road. You'll avoid any accidents that YOU might have caused.

What about the others?

I've been hit by another driver and my wife has been hit four times so far. None of these accidents were our fault.

Life has risks. We reduce the risks as much as we can and get on with living. I think letting your child walk to school fits in that category as well.

I teach my daughters (I have two) to make good decisions and to avoid risk while living life.

152 posted on 09/14/2009 9:36:17 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: TChris
Otherwise risky activities can be rendered much LESS risky. Wear a seatbelt and drive your car safely.

Drive your kids to school, and the risk of harm, from walking to school, is not lessened, but eliminated.

if you could do something that not just mitigates risk, but eliminates it altogether, wouldn't you do that, especially where your children are concerned?

153 posted on 09/14/2009 9:38:18 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

I can’t speak for all walkers, but our oldest son learned responsibility from walking to school. Even when he was 7, he was the one who made sure that his older/younger siblings were doing what was right during their trek to school. (this is not to say he didn’t do stupid things when he wasn’t on that walk! when it was play time, he did do some questionable things involving the road, but I digress . . .) When our second son was suddenly the only walker to the school down the street, he also became responsible though not in the same way. He was 6 and had been walking to school with siblings for 1 3/4 years, and he continued to walk to school each day, making sure that he was on time and prepared for school. He continued to be responsible for himself each year after that. I can’t say that he did a very good job taking care of his younger sister the next year. The crossing guard occasionally let me know when he tormented his sister on the way to school. Son learned that there were people watching him even if was unaware.

I saw very little risk in our children walking to school or to the bus stop. (the middle school/high school bus stop) I miss living in a neighborhood like our old one. We have lived in places where I would not let the children play outside unattended.


154 posted on 09/14/2009 9:38:35 AM PDT by petitfour (Are you a Dead Fish American?)
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To: TChris
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.

Do you REALLY think that's what I'm doing?

155 posted on 09/14/2009 9:39:15 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: NHResident

OMG - what you are describing sounds dangerous! What type of moron parent encourages their kids to play in the street? That sign isn’t going to do a bit of good when some idiot comes flying around the corner.

What happened to playing in backyards?


156 posted on 09/14/2009 9:40:27 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Trailerpark Badass

However, the risk from a car accident increases. You have only substituted one risk for another.


157 posted on 09/14/2009 9:41:40 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: TChris
Well obviously you and your wife aren't so great at defensive driving. Four accidents and none were her fault - I can buy that but she put herself into a position where she couldn't avoid a car hitting her - driving too close and not being aware of what might happen is stil partially your fault - we all share the road. I've driven in many large cities - philly, houston, dallas, Los Angeles, Denver, Jacksonville.... my actions kept me from being hit by someone else.

Best of luck to your daughters - I hope they never experience anything scary while walking alone.

158 posted on 09/14/2009 9:42:53 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Kanye West hates white people)
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To: ClearCase_guy

In our community we had a family that lived on the driveway into the school and the bus stopped for their child and then drove the two hundred feet to the school.


159 posted on 09/14/2009 9:44:24 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Angry about where our country is going with the current regime at the helm.)
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To: Jewbacca

I’m sorry to hear all of this. And I know this is far from comparable, but I thought I’d share this with you.

When we moved here from Europe 40 years ago, kids in the neighborhood used to throw tomatoes at us and call us “Foreigners”. One of the kids threw a rock once, my dad said, enough was enough - and gave the boy a time out in the corner. (he called the parents and advised them of the situation). He tolerated tomato throwing, but rock throwing a a huge no-no in our family.

Little did those boys know that the reason we were in Europe was because my father was serving his country overseas.


160 posted on 09/14/2009 9:44:58 AM PDT by HollyB ("Can you hear us now?!")
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