Liz Dwyerabout 1 month ago
My seventh grader's school is a magnet so many come from all over the city, but they organized walk-to-school meeting spots in several parts of the neighborhood for local kids to walk from and sent an email out to parents notifying us of them. We would've had to walk a 3/4 mile east to meet up, so it didn't really make sense to join the meet up. However, when I asked my son (who regularly walks home from school) if he wanted to walk the mile to school from our house instead of being dropped off, he was not feeling it at all. Sure, he was a little tired and cranky, but he told me that it's bad enough having to breathe in the car exhaust and dodge two homeless camps on the way home. Plus, his book bag weighs over 20 pounds and he didn't want to lug it twice in one day. He told me that none of his friends were walking and that the idea was so "hipster."
There are plenty of issues in his complaints that have nothing to do with WTSD, but it made me think about how student investment is such a key part of this working. What if the students had been able to identify the challenges to walking and then problem solve around them--they certainly would've felt more ownership.