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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My kids don’t walk because the public school system is unsuitable........therefore we have a 10 mile drive but well worth it :)
I walked 1/2 mi year-round all through elementary school, and 1+ mile for Jr High and High School until I got my license and a car (grad 1965).
Very very many of my best and most instructive real-world socialization lessons and experiences were on the way to/from school (and detours, LOL) as well as the go everywhere/anywhere way of life back then when America was America and skoo was School. And “snow” days when school was closed?.....I think maybe 4 or 5 in my entire public school education.......these days, school is closed twice as many days in just one winter....
We got the same questions when our three walked home (about 4 blocks) from school in a residential area. When we told folks to mind their own business, we got phone calls to the school principal and the police. FO busybodies.
The thinking ("psyche" was my word earlier) has changed.
But the reality is that very, very, very few kids are abducted. So much fear over so little cause.
Probably safer these days then when many of us were kids and walked. But the media of course has elevated the dangers to beyond reality in our heads.
Same here. My kids would have to cross a road that doesn’t even have a pedestrian crossing, and walk along another next to a main road without even a sidewalk, just couple feet of grass between the road and the guard rail. A kid got killed walking around there recently.
Add in the custody disputes that trigger nation-wide Amber alerts and you have a great recipe for paranoia.
Here in central Connecticut, every kid takes the bus.
There is a house next to the entrance to the elementary school, complete with sidewalks...the kids in that house take a bus.
I think parents are being ridiculous in most situations.
I live in a nice, safe neighborhood, and yet I get stuck behind the school bus stopping at nearly every single driveway for another precious snowflake.
Can’t they at least group up in one yard or another to minimize the stops?
And what I wonder is this: Why is it Ok for your kid to play in the front yard without you at his side, but it’s not Ok for him to stand there waiting for a bus without you at his side?
Somebody ‘splain that to me..
If you're in a neighborhood where people throw bricks from a van it may not be the typical suburbia.
There's no doubt that society has coarsened overall. But statistics show that the facts often don't bear out the fears; on many of these issues the MSM has brain-washed the public.
The fruit of the “Stranger Danger “ campaign.
LOL, yeah, I guess, unless the "speck" is one of yours.
BTW, according the NCIC, approximately 750,000 the disappearance of a child was serious enough that a parent called the police, the police took a report, and the police entered that report into NCIC (in 2001). Surely, most of those were probably runaways, or misunderstandings, or "family" abductions, but the author's 115 number sounds absurdly low.
Maybe she is citing resolved, prosecuted cases, but then there is the fact that many children simply disappear.
Traditionally, authorities have been slow to act in missing child cases. I, for one, am glad things are changing.
YES I HAVE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MY CHILD (daughter, sandy blonde)Walked to school every day. WHEN we recently moved.. she has to walk farther than the child IN THE STORY, to her School BUS STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MSM MIND CONTROL is correct.. I feel like I’m sitting in a DNC THERAPY GROUP..
DAMN PEOPLE.. you wanna raise my family for me... I THINK NOT!
“If you’re in a neighborhood where people throw bricks from a van it may not be the typical suburbia.”
It’s a very nice neighborhood; people travel into it to cause trouble.
Our attacks are fairly predictable; some problem in the ME happenens -— arabs come to the Jewish neighborhood and throw things at Jewish kids -— or it’s ramadan -— arabs watch kill-the-Jew movies, then come and throw rocks at Jewish kids.
We live in a small town that used to have the school on the main drag...but have since relocated the school in a field behind the old school. Now there are no sidewalks for the kids to walk on...(they were supposed to be part of the whole new school package)...my daughter started kindergarten when they moved into the new building and this year she will be graduating....still no sidewalks and she has had to ride a bus everyday of her school life...even the kids who live next door to the school....no sidewalks...no walking.
You had dirt? ...magritte
The reverse could also be said: that 30 years ago, society was woefully naive about the danger their children faced.
Well, that would coincide with irrational fears. When fear spikes, so do calls to the police.
When I say "irrational" I mean fears caused by the MSM 24/7 news cycle...not fears which are valid. The horror of a genuine kidnapping is hellish. But as with everything else that the MSM touches (witness global warming and the irrational fears the MSM has hoaxed us with) the fears people have over their children are likely over the top.
The only way to tell if the 115 figure is correct is to research it which I don't have the time or inclination to do. But if it is correct, the fears people have over their kids being kidnapped are wildly irrational.
Excuse me, I didn’t attack you and you are being childish. All I asked was if you had children - I don’t know you from Adam.
a block and a half?
something not right with this story
And how many were kidnapped while walking to school? We're probably talking in the neighborhood of a dozen, if that.
I've noticed this even in my small IL town. We homeschool and live across the street from the local elementary school. The drives there are crammed with parents picking up and dropping off their kids at the start and end of school, despite a good chunk of the town being within easy walking distance of the school.
I remember walking .6 miles just to get to the bus stop when I was growing up. In sub-zero (F) Michigan weather sometimes. And sometimes I'd walk/jog home 4 miles from school after track/CC practice w. books and all. We wonder why kids are getting obese?
And you call that a very nice neighborhood?
This mother is an utter freak!
Wake up. It’s 2009. If you are happy having your child be one of that insignificant “speck” that get grabbed, hey, more power to you. But you are a fool.
You must have missed the bit about us being homeschoolers. ;-)
With a baked potato to keep your hands warm! But only on the way TO school, because that was lunch.
Yes, they are. Two years ago, we were living in NJ, 4 houses away from my son's school. He was in 1st grade at the time. We received a notice before the school year started advising us of his bus stop assignment and letting us know we could opt out and let him walk. The stupidest part about it was that the bus stop was 4 houses away in the opposite direction and adjacent to the busy cross street. They didn't seem to have a problem letting him walk to and from that bus stop.
I always walked him to the corner and watched, from a distance, as he walked to the door of the school. They insisted that I accompany him all the way, but I refused. In the afternoon, however, they would not release him unless somebody was there to pick him up at the door.
Different world. In the 50s we walked to grade school and back. It was over a mile each way. None of us were ever abducted or harmed in any way. Rain, snow, or shine.
Abductions make HUGE news stories, precisely because they are RARE. Car accidents, on the other hand, are just barely news at all because they're so common.
Let your kids walk to school. If you're still afraid for them, have them walk with friends.
I'm not disputing the fact that parents' concerns are not proportional to the real risk.
But what exactly are the great benefits of letting your children roam free unprotected? I can see the benefits of my childhood, in theory, being able to get on my bike, ride for miles, being out from under adult supervision for hours at a time, but those theoretical benefits pale when stacked up against being abducted/raped/murdered.
In our county, yes. Too many of our communities have no sidewalks and the schools are often on busy streets. The school board decided years ago to transport all students, even those who live less than 1/2 mile away
I believe it, based on firsthand experience. See post #78.
We must have gone to the same school :>)
I agree with everything in your post. Kids were abducted and murdered even when I was a kid (back in the dark ages). The difference was, you only heard about the stuff locally, because there was no internet and only the nightly news. I understand about parents being concerned for their kids, but are we scaring them to death?
Teach them how to deal with strangers (stay away from them, don’t talk to them), have them walk in groups and on routes that are not out of the way.
You cannot protect your child from every danger. Better to teach them how to stay as safe as possible. And for younger kids I would recommend walking with them until you feel confident that they can do it without you.
What's better...a society where parents are naive and kids are confident or a society informed 24/7 by the MSM news cycle and kids are insecure.
“Homeschooling advantage #795.”
Homeschooling advantage # 17,950.
You had dirt? Lucky!
I would bet most parents are watching them play in the front yard. I know my neighbors do, and we live in a safe neighborhood.
Good for you. So did I, and my siblings, in New York City, no less. By the time my kids were ready for school, in a much safer place than NYC, it was too far to walk, too expensive for the (private school) bus (since the public schools were and are so inferior), and too damn dangerous.
Celebrate bravery all you want, but when it comes to kids, parents are all they've got between them and the world as it is, not how we wish it could be.
I had the same problem. One more block, and I could have ridden the bus. At least I could ride my bike to school, but some of those cold mornings were miserable.
It is a nice neighborhood. Unless we can wall out people who don’t belong (and drive miles to find us), there is little to be done.
I remember back in High School, when I could not get my Dad’s car to drive, I hoofed it 20 blocks each direction.
Far as I know, it didn’t kill me.
As others have already posted here, the problem is not so much that there are more perverts than there used to be. The much bigger problem is that TV news used to be just 30 minutes a day.
Getting struck by lightening is rare too, but I wouldn’t purposely stand out in the middle of a storm.
I would go with a society in which my children are alive, healthy, and with me. And one in which I am not destroyed by grief.
As for children being insecure, I don't really see that.
That being said, this is really a moot point for me, as my children go to private school, and ride with their mother, who works there. Even the public school they would attend is too far to walk to, and even if it were close enough, the road they would use is not suitable for pedestrian traffic.
Sometimes my kids did take the bus (we were in a school system that was under court order to desegregate and the way they did it was bus the kids to various elementary schools i the cluster starting at 4th grade—it was way too far to walk, and so sometimes I drove them, but that’s difficult when all 3 go to different schools in different parts of town) and sometimes I let them walk to the home school and take the bus to their cluster school).
All this to say is that, for the most part, they HATED riding the bus. They would have rather walked.
‘Cause its three miles one way with no sidewalks along a heavily traveled state highways that have to be crossed at some point?
LOL, but you can prevent them from wandering around unattended.
We homeschooled - but even when my kids were "roaming" the small neighborhood, a large group of our neighborhood moms had eyes on the kids and phones ready to report any potential problems to each other. I loved that neighborhood - it was like the 60's in some aspects with a Mom telling agitated kids to go home and tell their Mom's what had happened. Gotta love that kind of connection with other moms!