Big Government Needs to Drive Your Kids to School

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Posted in category "For the Children"

Now this one reads like a late-night TV skit. Kids shouldn’t walk to school anymore because we all must live in fear. Kids are in danger from predators, narrow sidewalks (!), and unclear signage. From the article:

In 2009, Children’s Medical Center admitted 101 children into its trauma department for pedestrian injuries. For each of those, another four were discharged from the emergency department with lesser injuries requiring remedies like casts or stitches, Romo said.

Well, we can’t have kiddies being kiddies and falling and getting all banged up, now can we? One mother is all proud because she got flashing warning lights installed around her kid’s school. That’ll keep everyone safe, I’m sure. How about a Homeland Security Color-Coded Warning System?

Having lived one black from an elementary school for years, the most dangerous drivers (who blew the stop sign on my street, chatted on the phone, and sped through the residential neighborhood) were the stressed-out mothers of children who were driving their brats to/from school in the morning and afternoon. During those times, you didn’t go anywhere near that corner. Vehicle congestion at that school – as with all others around here – is insane at school start/end times. Perhaps the ‘solution’ is really the problem?

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6 Responses to Big Government Needs to Drive Your Kids to School

  1. Kent McManigal says:

    January 23rd, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I live right across the street from an elementary school.  I witness the chaos, including the chaos of kids walking home, every day.  Nothing seems too dangerous to me.  Other than the cop who patrols obsessively during these busy times, and whom I have witnessed texting while looking down into his lap as he drives among the walking kids and family cars.

  2. liberranter says:

    January 24th, 2011 at 1:36 am

    unclear signage

    I take it that this describes those ubiquitous signs consisting of single-syllable warning words like STOP, SLOW, SCHOOL ZONE, PED XING, etc. Signs that are certainly “unclear” to the unfortunate inmates of those government prisons (and probably more than a few of their parents) who have so benefited from their “ejookayshun” as to be functionally illiterate.

    To echo Kent’s description, there is an elementary school a few miles down the road from my house where, every weekday that I pass by the nearest intersection in the early morning and again in the early afternoon, I see a lone crossing guard sitting in his car, snoozing. I have yet to see him guide a single kid across the street in the five years I’ve seen him “on duty.” Maybe he’s a graduate of that same publik skool and lacks the functional literacy/numeracy skills to get a real job.

  3. Tom Osborne says:

    January 24th, 2011 at 5:20 am

    This article and the one before it combined shows the true goal of the government and industry, to turn children into factory farm animals.  And there’s almost an already existing model for it.  Ever seen photos of the arrangement set up in some juvenile prisons to “educate” their young inmates?  The “classroom” consists of a row of metallic telephone-phone-booth-sized cages (except with narrow-holed grills instead of glass–honestly, the width of those tiny kiddie school desks, one kid per cage) that would have ME ripping my fingernails out against the walls of them in my suddenly claustraphobic insane attempt to claw myself out of there), that the kids are locked into for several hours a day, and somehow they are supposed to learn in that environment.  Now that would be safe for kids, wouldn’t it, keeping them locked up in cages all day.  

  4. clark says:

    January 24th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I was reading a news story and noticed the possessive manner in which the word, “public” is used, and thought of the comment here by Tom Osborne, “to turn children into factory farm animals.”

    “It’s more than likely that we will be changing a number of things relative to standard operating procedures as to how we screen our public before they come in.”

    “our public”?
    Used in the same fashion as one would when saying, our livestock.

    I’m reminded of a quote from an article about the changing of the meaning of the word, suspect.

    “The misuse of language works against the innocent, not in their favor.”

  5. Iluvatar says:

    January 24th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    @ Liber:

    I am sure the culprit was the polysyllabic PED XING that did them all in?

    Hey (soccer/pool bovine) mom? What does that yellow sign mean? Hey mom! Jeffy and Sally are in the middle of the street!

    Ooooooh mom! I think you got one of the them!

    You better text their mom real fast!

  6. Jeannie Queenie says:

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    In reference to Obama’s recent talk on civility, heard some comedian saying that at least pedophiles are being civil when they drive by schools really really slowly. Yep, I know, it’s bad!

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