In today’s Vancouver Sun there was an article addressing how few kids walk to school these days. It cited working and overprotective parents as the main reason for this.
I think there is another reason that we see less and less kids walking to school. Fewer and fewer of them are attending schools in their own neighbourhoods. With many people opting for private or parochial schools or “preferred” out-of-catchment schools, there is more need for parents to drive their children each morning.
One of the reasons we love our local school (aside from it’s amazing faculty, parent community and diversity) is it’s proximity. Aside from a great education, we wanted our kids to have the experience of walking through their neighbourhood with a sense of purpose and belonging. They are called “stomping grounds” for a reason. However, if our local school was not suitable for what we wanted, we would have likely been driving our kids elsewhere also.
What do you think? Do your kids walk to school everyday or do you drive them?