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Students go to school feet first

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Richmond Review

As usual a nice little puff piece and all sorts of good intentions. But no mention of the policy change that ended the notion of the neighbourhood school. At one time schools had catchment areas. Now parents have the “right” to send their kids anywhere. So are we surprised that more parents – and high school students – drive a lot more? Ending the stupidity of this change might well recreate the spectre of people moving to be within the catchment of a “good school”, but that is, in my view, the lesser of two evils.

Written by Stephen Rees

March 9, 2008 at 11:13 am

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  1. I think there’s another effect from removing mandatory enrollment within one’s catchment area. After taking the 41 bus for many years in Vancouver, I noticed a significant spike in ridership when kids could be enrolled in any school that parents wished. So a lot of East Side families started their kids to West Side schools. And I must say, teenagers have the worst manners of all bus riders out there.

    If anyone knows the 41 bus well, there are a lot of the buses out there. There are roughly every 5-10 minutes in rush hour. But they are almost all packed to the gills. Overflowing with high school students, UBC students, and the odd work commuter. But definitely lots of high school kids travelling crosstown to West Side schools.


    March 10, 2008 at 7:34 pm

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