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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 August 13, 2013/ 7 Elul, 5773

Making the Walk to School an Adult-Intensive Project

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Walking to school is a lovely, age-old, generally safe activity that has been almost abandoned over the past generation.

Today only about 1 in 10 children still walk to school, in part because some new schools have been built on the outskirts of town and in part because some neighborhoods are so car-centric that there is no decent on-foot route to school but also in great part because parents have been warned every which way that their kids are never safe doing anything outside on their own.

Enter Michelle Obama, who dearly wishes kids would start moving again. Recently, she endorsed the idea of the walking school bus, which is a bunch of kids walking together and picking up kids along the way (like a bus), along with at least one adult chaperon.

The idea of kids walking is wonderful, of course. But the idea that this is such a dangerous activity that it requires ongoing chaperoning is troubling. I'm sure Michelle couldn't come out and endorse kids just walking on their own, because that's truly dangerous in some neighborhoods, and she is first lady for the whole country.

However, in promoting the idea that even a group of kids walking together needs an adult, she inadvertently perpetuates the problem of kids not moving. Here's what it says at http://www.walkingschoolbus.org about adult oversight:


"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend one adult for every six children. If children are age 10 or older, fewer adults may be needed. If children are ages 4 to 6, one adult per three children is recommended."

Really — even a group of 10-year-olds needs an adult chaperon? That's your problem right there. Ten-year-olds in most of the rest of the world have been walking to school on their own for three years! (And in Japan, many 5-year-olds do it.)

Meantime, the 1-3 ratio for younger kids makes walking to school sound as if you're signing your kid up for scuba lessons.

We are turning walking to school into an adult-intensive project.

If parents are told kids can only be "safe" outside with a guardian watching over them, what are the chances that they will send their kids outside after school to play? They won't. Kids will end up inside. No parent has hours and hours after school — and whole days free on weekends — to stand outside and supervise.

Just the other night, I went walking in our apartment building's courtyard and spied a little girl going round and round on her scooter. Well, actually, I spied her go round and round twice. Then it was time to go in. Her dad, who was watching her (despite no public access to the courtyard and no cars), was ready to go inside. He was done watching, so she was done scootering.

Hands down, a walking school bus beats a parade of cars dropping the kids off at school. I'm glad the first lady brought that issue to national attention. Props to her. But will it get kids back to moving — as in running, jumping and playing — any other time of day? No.

Alas, no.

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