6 year old Emma wrote me a note. In the note she thanks me for having ‘a nice and kind voice’. The best part of being a teacher is developing positive relationships with students. In all likelihood Emma won’t remember learning to read and write but she will remember her friendships and her interactions with others.
It’s a weighty responsibility working with people who are vulnerable and so dependent on the adults around them. So it probably comes as no surprise when I respond ‘quite strongly’ to stories of our most vulnerable being victims of a transport system that takes no prisoners. Victims like Shayna-Grace. This “perfect little angel” was hit by a car as she was crossing a pedestrian crossing on her way to school. The driver didn’t stop.
When will the outrage start? Do we just have to accept that our young and vulnerable will always viewed as collateral damage to an ingrained ‘car culture’? Isn’t it about time we started addressing this culture of speed and the resulting carnage? I want to ask our politicians, councillors, traffic engineers, doctors, teachers, principals….how is this allowed to happen? What is being done to ensure our roads are made safe for everyone?
A strong social contract that prioritises the well-being of our children is long overdue.
‘Cycling’ is sport and recreation. ‘Riding a bicycle’ is everyday activity. No sweat. As easy as walking, but faster.