The lost art of walking to school
Go to our education page and check out Freddy Kunkle's great "walking school bus" story about Fairfax County's efforts to save money and get more students to walk or bike to school. He teases grandparents who remember long wintry walks to get their education, but that doesn't include me. The elementary school was a block away, the middle school a half-block and the high school two blocks, all in snow-free California.
I don't think Fairfax is going to be successful in its effort to increase walking, even if it reduces bus service. American parents will drive the kid rather than worry. For a while I lived in probably the safest village in America, Scarsdale, NY. One day, while driving my fourth-grader to school, I saw a rare thing, a 9-year-old riding his bike, his books in the front basket. Then I noticed, right behind him, his mother driving the family Mercedes, making sure he got to school safely. We worry too much, maybe, but if you read the paper, or this Web site, it is hard not to.
| November 18, 2009; 2:33 PM ET
Categories: Jay on the Web | Tags: Fairfax County school bus cut, school budget problems, school safety, walking to school
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