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    I like this idea. When I was a kid I walked to school. We didn't have to have the government educate us and pick us up from school too. Some things we could do ourselves. And we didn't need a chip to track everywhere we were. Still we turned out okay. Maybe people should go back to something cheap that could save millions of dollars for broken school systems and stressed out taxpayers.
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    LOL.....Grandpa Neanderthal..........
    You left out the part about "five miles each way through three feet of snow!"
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    @jzmhlanga It's fun not being Americans. Let us laugh at pathetic third world Americans. Ahahahaha!
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    the only time, i rode a bus when i went to k1-12 school. was when the school was more than 5 miles away. which was only, for about 4 years. of course college was a different matter, since most of the time. i was not only working an 8 hour job. and most of the time, was more than 5 miles from where in lived.
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    If it is possible, walking or biking not only is healthier and cheaper, it teaches self reliance and personal responsibility. I would want parents taking turns walking with younger kids in the same fashion as our "car pool" parents. But once a child hits nine or ten years old, they should be able to handle a two mile or less walk.

    An even more frustrating development in school busing is how nowadays kids are not even asked to walk to a mutual bus stop. There have been numerous times when I am stuck behind a bus and it pulls over every 50 feet. That is ridiculous. I did bus it when I was a kid. My grade school was just over 6 miles from where I lived and my high school was about 14 miles away. But I was still expected to walk about 7 tenths of a mile to the bus stop. Everyone in my neighborhood had to meet up at the same place. Not only did that save everyone time on the road, but it fostered a sense of community between the kids and the parents that came out each morning.
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    Uphill both ways in the snow, that's how it used to be, and should still be! Builds character! Far too many spoiled brats in the world today, so quit pampering them and let them have some independence to grow up and learn how to live in the world.
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    these folks need to make up their minds. first they forced kids to be bused into areas they would never live in and now they want them to walk there.
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    If that is true, then maybe kids should have recess and PE class first thing in the morning. Instead of having Ritalin pushed on them to keep them passive and sedentary, make them tired. By the way, my son had several teachers who diagnosed him as having ADHD and wanted to medicate him. I refused. They said he would never be able to handle the pressure of high school without it. I asked the teachers how they taught kids to concentrate. They gave me a blank look. I took him to wushu classes 3 times a week instead of medicating him. He graduated valedictorian from his high school class.
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    It's not safe enough to have your kids walk or ride their bikes to school anymore. So the subject is moot. Just make sure your child gets enough exercise through sports or just running and playing outside while watching them.
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    We live in a rural farming community. The same bus picks them up together at our farm. I have one child in the elementary school, 19 miles away, and one in the jr. high, 29 miles away! It is neither economical for me to drive them nor possible for them to walk/bike! However, where we used to live my son rode his bike and his grades are much better now than they were back then. We Thank God for the bus system here!
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    What anorexic, vegan, boneheaded yuppie came up with that solution?? Seriously?? People who live in rural areas would never make it on time.
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    Read the article. It acknowledged that there are issues that prevent it from being 100% implemented. Obviously the kid who lives on a farm 20 miles out of town will have to ride the bus. The middle schooler who lives 20 blocks away could benefit from walking.
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    I believe students would perform better. Being active before school may be our nations problem with highschool dropouts. An activity body has an active mind.
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    I love riding my bicycle to work, saves a helluvalot of gas money. Use it to shop and it limits my ability to buy unnecessary crap. Also nice for just for a weekend ride. Still the most energy efficient form of transportation known to man. Also mitigates some of the deleterious effects of beer consumption.
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    I think maybe child safety is a concern. I think perhaps back in the "good ol' days," conservatives were more low key, under the radar. Today, they spring from behind the bushes to influence children down a dark, regressive path.
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