There are several options here for families:1) Demand that the
state-run school system solve these problems2) Drive their children
themselves3) Walk with your children4) Let your children
walk themselves5) Let your children walk with a family that walks6) Let your children ride with a family that drives7) Home
School8) Private SchoolI'm not saying any of these
options is right or wrong, nor available to every parent. I just feel in a
discussion on this issue, options should always be presented to those who may
not have considered them but would greatly be benefited by them.
I don't think you can put blame on the bus drivers. They are put between a
rock(allowing more students to crowd on the bus) and a hard place(parents
getting upset because their children were not allowed on the bus due to it being
I guess we get what we're really to pay for. We say we love our children,
The kids all look healthy enough to walk to school and the pre classroom
exercise would get their blood flowing and brains stimulated to become better
educated. Exercise is the best alternative and parents should not be so
condescending about putting all this child discomfort on the school system. If
children and parents want an eduction bad enough they would not blame the
schools or buses for lazy dependence.Crowded buses discourage
children from going to school but long walks and teenagers sharing the trek make
for better attitudes in schools and the classmates.There is safety
in numbers when they walk to school and these kids are old enough to know how to
find their path to education without the teachers placard maps pinned to their
cloths.Parents are more of a problem of overcrowded buses than
school neglect. We Americans all pay taxes for education and we also have some
right to chastise parents and students for being so lazy and inconsiderate of
others having to pay transportation costs for healthy able bodied children who
can walk.Stop whining, be americans and don't be so dependent
for opulent luxury limos.
Let's see...you chose to live in deep deep suburbia where a vehicle is the
only quick and viable way to get anywhere so you can have the school system
cater to busing your kid to school so you can live out there. The 8
options listed above are ways to deal with it Suburbanites. I feel bad for the
kids but I blame the parents for this one.
I am guessing there is a good number of of my fellow LDS out there with larger
than average families. I am not saying you shouldn't have many kids, that
is your decision. What I am saying is if you all chose to have many kids, there
will be overcrowding in schools unless you are all willing to pay more for more
school buildings and busses. More kids, more fees or more crowding. You
can't have it both ways if you rely on socialism.
I'm not sure what alternatives these parents would expect. It's not
as if the schools can just go into the janitor's closet and pull out a few
extra buses and drivers. Since school buses don't have seat belts, air
bags, or much else in the way of safety equipment, the number of kids per seat
isn't going to make much difference in an accident other than simply the
number of kids exposed to injury. School buses are dangerous either way.
Perhaps it might help if some of them rode bicycles to school. I bicycled just
over six miles to school and it kept me in pretty good shape. I also
didn't have to worry about missing the bus when I participated in
This is what Republicans voted for and have voted for with automatically voting
for the person with teh R by the name. Stack'em deep and teach'em
cheap and keep voting the same way and complain to no end. This is Utah after
If parents actually started to pay for the costs of having children instead of
getting tax breaks, this wouldn't be a problem. It is time to end the
child tax credits and adequately start funding education.
In response to Kings CourtIf We don't have kids to put in to
the work force ware is the money gone to come from for your and my retirement.
What an exciting business opportunity. Some of you Suburban owning mothers
could do some car pooling, charge the other parents for gas plus a little and
have a little extra egg money socked away. Sounds like a good solution, unless
of course you want to keep it free...and by free I mean that the taxpayers pay
The picture shows one child sitting in the aisle yet a couple of seats where
only two occupants comfortably lounge. The bus is crowded, definitely
uncomfortable but not full.When I was at Bingham Middle School in
the 80's we always had three kids on most seats and we were assigned.
Monday and Friday were the worse. My two buddies and I had backpacks, two
trumpets and a tuba. We managed just fine for the forty minute bus ride to
school. What needs to happen is assigned seats. The driver ONLY
picks up students on the list, and the students must sit in their assigned seat.
Send the first kids on the bus to the back and the last kids on in the front.
Simple solution.Charge parents a dollar per day for their kids bus
ride. Maybe two.