Instead of us Free-Rangers agreeing amongst ourselves that it should be up us to decide what age we want to let our kids walk and play outside unsupervised, now an entire state has gone Free-Range!
I realize it will be hard to read the poster here (I’m having trouble myself), but here’s the best of the best advice:
has no legal minimum age requirement for children traveling to school on their own.
How can I know when my child is ready to travel to school alone?
Think about your unique child — can your child:
*Remember and follow rules?
*Make good decisions?
*Feel comfortable on their own?
Some kids maybe ready at a younger age or later than their peers. As parents, you know your child best, so use your parental judgment.
This sounds like simple common sense — not to mention exactly how parents have made their decisions throughout the ages. But as we all know, there has been a lot of social and legal interference on this front. Now Oregon is fighting back!
And beyond simply recognizing that parents know better than busybodies what their kids are capable of, Oregon goes even further and ENCOURAGES more childhood independence:
By walking to school, kids learn valuable life-long skills. They arrive to school more prepared to learn, discover their neighborhoods and gain needed independence and confidence.
I cannot believe how wonderful Oregon is on this issue. Kudos to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and, I’m guessing, Shane MacRhodes, of Eugene/Springfield’s Safe Routes to Schools, an upbeat and unstoppable activist on this front. Remember: Proactive citizens can change the world!
Or at least the walk to school. – L