Sunday, May 18, 2008

I'm calling 'Bullshit' on this!

"...Children are most at risk during Auckland's afternoon rush hour, with nearly half of all child pedestrian crashes occurring between 3 and 7pm..."

No shit, that's when, presumably, they are out of school. THIS is the bullshit:

"...Initiatives such as the Walking School Bus were helping to lower the injury toll, but these tended to be concentrated in wealthier areas where parents had the time to walk their child to, and home from, school. In poorer areas, where both parents often worked, it was harder to implement such schemes..."

Here we go- it's all the fault of poverty-AGAIN. But hang on- in the 'poor' areas, presumably there are more parents with time on their hands. Don't give me that 'two parents working' crap- the same is equally true in the 'wealthy' areas.

Shall we say there is less community spirit in the poorer areas. It's hard enough to get parents involved in ANY school activities anywhere.

I would also argue that the kids of the poor are, shall we say- 'genetically pre-disposed towards suboptimal performance'...

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5 comments:

KG said...

'genetically pre-disposed towards suboptimal performance'...
LOL! Love it.

Robin Capper said...

It's also when their parents are collectng them from school. Some of the most moronic driving/parking I've seen near schools is the parents (or gardians I suppose) delivering/collectng their children.

I saw a school run recently; bicycles, motorbikes, trucks, buses & cars mixed but not much sign of parental control and I wouldn't think any were "rich" by New Zealand standards. Seemed to work...

See the second part of this short (50 second) video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JtS6GVHU8

Lindsay said...

Where did this come from Oswald? In the poorest areas the chance of having two parents is low, never mind two parents working.

Oswald Bastable said...

Oops- left the link out!

I thought of that too, Lindsay!

Murray said...

Robin has it.

We hear a lot about this "toll" but what actually is it? What are a numbers?

And the big one, what proportion involve soccer mums dropping their precious darlings at the damn door instead of making them walk 100 meters and then pulling out like their using The Force as their guidence system?