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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I have just this minute finished reading this article on ABC Online (Aust). http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/06/2945557.htm?section=justin

Parents under fire for letting kids cycle to school

By Rachael Brown

"Teachers and parents have criticised a British couple who allow their children to go to school unsupervised.

Oliver and Gillian Schonrock allow their eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son to cycle the one mile (1.5 kilometre) journey to school on their own. The couple taught their children a route on pavements through the backstreets of the London suburb of Dulwich to teach them independence and self-confidence.

But parents and teachers at the children's junior school say it is irresponsible and dangerous, and the school has told the couple it can refer the matter to social services.

London mayor Boris Johnson has slammed the health and safely rule as "barmy", writing in a newspaper column that he commends the Schonrocks for "taking the sword of common sense to the great, bloated encephalopathic sacred cow of elf [sic] and safety".
The world is going mad with this cloistered, over-protective attitude - let the kids ride, after all, they are the parents responsibility until they get to school and after they leave school for the day!

1 comment:

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

John,
I listened to this debate on london talk radio this morning...apparantly this area is rather busy with traffic!!!
but I agree...we over worry about our kids.... no one takes a chance or risk anymore!!! eh?