"Superintendent Gerald Hopkins told the meeting that the district would have supported the bike ride if students had alerted officials ahead of time."
Who calls a school superintendent to ask if it is OK to ride a bicycle to school? What kind of power do they think they have? A lot of those kids are 18 and are no longer required to ask anyone's permission to do anything.
Cameron in danger? He is a high school Senior.
The Board of the charter Edu-Prize School in Gilbert has banned children from biking or walking to school!!!!! I am sorry, but who the hell gave a charter school board the power to say anything about anything that happens outside their school, outside of school hours when kids are with their parents?!!! The school's chief operating officer (just that title should let you know this is coporate, not education) Barbara Duncan is quoted as saying-
"All have put children at considerable risk, and our board has acted to keep children safe before there is a predictable event," Duncan said in an e-mail. "The streets are marked with bike paths but are not wide enough for children or parents to safely use them."
So all of the parents have had to sign an agreement that they will drive their kids to school- mistake number one. I am a parent in a school that tried to prevent me from letting my daughter walk 3 blocks home by herself after school. After pointing out that they had no problem with her walking to school alone everyday and then providing them the name of my attorney should they feel the need to push this further, Úna was never again prevented from walking home on her own. Parents can and must fight this kind of idiocracy.
Mistake number two? If the Charter Board of Edu-Prize School wishes to throw their power around, do something to make your streets safer!!! That is what we are doing here at many schools in San Francisco. We are returning the streets around 181 of our schools to the 15 MPH spaces they are supposed to be, we are expanding our bicycle lane network and working for even more (and with this and other changes our elementary school had 31% of our student body participate in Bike To School Day even though it was raining), we are using our Safe Routes To Schools money to make needed changes, and most importantly, we are not letting the world just keep on trudging along running over our children.
Children in imminent danger?
Obviously these kids will be killed any moment. Yeah.
Schools are supposed to be places that teach kids how to think. Schools are not there to police a parent's transportation decisions. Forget the "my kids get great exercise" argument. How about the "I am out of work and the car isn't working so we will be using those bicycles we all got for Christmas" argument? Or the "We live three blocks from school so we are walking" argument? Or my personal favorite "My kid is still having trouble reading because you are too worried about her using her scooter" argument.
If this we Gilbert we would be rebel outlaws!
Kids have to take classes in critical thinking to graduate and go to college. I think some "educators" could do with some brushing up in that area, don't you?