Yet parents are more afraid for their kids than ever. They think the world is full of kidnappers and murderers (which is untrue). Teachers have hopped on the bandwagon, too -- and even told one San Diego mom that it was "inappropriate" for her eight-year-old son to walk home alone until middle school.
To whom it may concern,
I would like to authorize my child, _________, to leave school independently, without an adult present, at my discretion. I will work out arrangements with my child for leaving school on a daily basis. He has my written permission to leave school by the following means: my picking him up in my car, riding in a car with a friend, walking, riding his bike, riding his skateboard, riding his scooter or by bus/shuttle/van. Pursuant to Section 8542 of the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” entitled “Rule of Construction Regarding Travel to and From School” it is my right as a parent to give my child permission as to how he is allowed to travel to and from school.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. I would like to give my child this permission starting today: Monday, March 14, 2016 and throughout his time at your school.
1) Parents have the right to parent their own children.
2) Children have the right to their childhood.
3) It is a great reminder to everyone that they should always question authority and reject the status quo.
In this blog, I often write about the power of mindfulness. It can make you healthier. It can help you lose weight. It can make your relationships happier and more meaningful. It can make your routine an adventure, and it can make you a better, more engaged traveler.
But this is a different kind of mindfulness. I am often shocked by how blindly people follow authority and convention without every asking, "Why?"
I recently got a full refund on a domestic flight from California to Florida, because I asked, "Why?"
I got full access to a renowned university's libraries, lectures and recreational facilities, because I asked, "How?"
And this mom reclaimed her child's right the right to walk home from from school by doing the exact same thing.
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