FLOTUS Lauds Knoxville

When my daughters were in school we walked to Idlewild Elementary in Midtown. Once in 7th grade, we walked to Immaculate Conception School, also in Midtown.

We didn’t know at the time we were a “walking school bus.”

Yes, liberals have renamed that age old trek to education done by generations of Americans. There is even a website for it: www.walkingschoolbus.org.

And, it has gained the praise of America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, whose own daughters are taken in a limousine entourage to their tony D.C. school, but that, of course, is different.

According to The Blaze, via CNS News:

First Lady Michelle Obama praised the use of “walking school buses” in speaking about her “Let’s Move” fitness campaign last week, raising the question: What exactly is a “walking school bus”?

Speaking with mayors and local officials involved in town, city, and county “Let’s Move” campaigns, she remarked:

And in Knox County, Tennessee, they’ve worked with the city of Knoxville to create a bike and share program for the kids in that community. They’ve printed new maps that promote dozens of miles of wonderful bike trails and routes, and they’ve created a walking school bus — and I’ve heard more and more of this kind of walking school bus happening all over the country — so that kids can get exercise on the way to school, kind of like we did when we were growing up. You remember the miles of walking you did with a sweet potato in your pocket? (Laughter.) We all heard that story. My mother repeated it just yesterday. (Laughter.)

And that’s what Let’s Move is all about. That’s what we’re really trying to do here. It’s about people all across this country coming together to take action to support the health of our kids. We’ve seen it happen in cities, towns and rural areas across the United States.

So this different type of “busing” fits in with her grand plans. If you go to the website you see that it’s not as simple as walking with mom to school. There are enumerated instructions on how to do it.

First, determine the amount of interest in a walking school bus program. Contact potential participants and partners:

Parents and children
Principal and school officials
Law enforcement officers
Other community leaders

Second, identify the route(s).

The amount of interest will determine the number of walking routes.
Walk the route(s) without children first.

Third, identify a sufficient number of adults to supervise walkers.

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.
Next, finalize the logistical details.

Who will participate?
How often will the walking school bus operate? Will the bus operate once a week or every day?
When do children meet the bus? It’s important to allow enough time for the slower pace of children, but also to ensure that everyone arrives at school on time.
Where will the bus meet children—at each child’s home or at a few meeting spots?
Will the bus operate after school?
What training do volunteers need?
What safety training do children need? See Walking School Bus: Guidelines for talking to children about pedestrian safety.

Finally, kick-off the program.

A good time to begin is during International Walk to School Week on October 3-7, 2005. Walk and look for ways to encourage more children and families to be involved. Have fun!

It isn’t as simple as going with mom and dad. That’s not good enough and that hints at one of the points – maybe the main point – of the program. In our country now, the individual isn’t important. Everything must be done in groups. The family unit has to be destroyed in a godless, totalitarian state because it is safer for their leaders that way. When there is no dissent, they succeed.

Years ago the imposition of busing caused a lot of turmoil. While it may have furthered integration, which is a moot point when you look at today’s city schools, it hammered the idea of local neighborhood schools watched over by local, involved parents.

This “walking school bus” has a similar idea. It’s Let’s Move, all right, but Let’s Move in a different direction for society.

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