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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 30, 2013/ 20 Iyar, 5773

Is 13 Too Young to Cross the Street Safely?

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Thirteen-year-old Ashley Davis gets hit by a car while crossing the street to get to her school bus stop. She dies. Who is to blame?

Believe it or not, the school board — to the tune of $90 million. That was the decision of a Prince George's County, Md., jury. What did the board do wrong? It "was negligent," said the lawyer for the family, John Costello, according to U.S. News & World Report. "They had adopted a policy to provide for safe transportation. The policy was they were going to pick up Ashley on her own side of the street. They never did. They forced her to cross the street. She got killed crossing the street."

The magazine quoted the girl's mother as saying, "If she didn't have to cross the street ... she'd be graduating this year. She'd be going to prom this year."

The heart aches. How could it not? But if the school board was so wrong — $90 million wrong — for not putting a bus stop on the girl's side of the street, does that mean every school bus should go up and then back down each street to make sure no child ever has to cross? Otherwise, are they all "negligent"?

Of course not. The jury is treating a tragic and rare event as if it were predictable or even common. But it's not. We know it's not. Millions of children around the world cross the street every day, and, thank goodness, the vast majority of them are safe. (For the record, so are the vast majority of people who attend marathons every year. And the millions of kids who attend grammar school.)

But when school boards start worrying that $90 million says they'd better not let any student cross the street EVER, well, let's see what happens next. Will there be no more school buses, because the liability is too great? Or maybe we'll see twice the number of daily buses — one for each side of the street. Or — here's what I'm most afraid of — will students up to and including age 13 be required to have an adult accompany them when they cross the street?

What a simple and cheap solution that would be for the school districts and bus companies. All it would cost: a child's autonomy and an adult's ability to get to work on time. Already, there are districts that forbid kids to ride their bikes to school or walk home alone until a certain age, even if the parents and child both believe that the kid is ready. The reason for these helicopter rules is liability. Better not to let kids do anything on their own than to face a grief-crazed jury.

It's natural to want to blame someone when a child dies. But here's a novel thought: Instead of blaming the very notion of expecting a 13-year-old to cross a street, why not blame the driver of the car that hit her?

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