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Barbara Kay: Send your kid to school by himself

Posted on 2014-04-23 00:01:33

I have no childhood recollection of being escorted by a parent to or from the public school that was a short walk from our Toronto home. I only remember walking with my sister, with other kids, or alone. From the age of seven, my own children also walked the short distance to school in our safe Montreal neighbourhood by themselves. When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprisingAUCKLAND, New Zealand — It was a meeting Principal Bruce McLachlan awaited with dread. One of the 500 students at Swanson School in a northwest borough of Auckland had just broken his arm on the playground, and surely the boy’s parent, who had requested this face-to-face chat with its headmaster, was out for blood. It had been mere months since the gregarious principal threw out the rulebook on the playground of concrete and mud, dotted with tall trees and hidden corners; just weeks since he had stopped reprimanding students who whipped........

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