Wouldn’t this 10 – 15 minute ride to and from school each day be a good time for students to read books or study their lessons? Not according to school board officials in T-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada.
A school bus driver told an 8-year-old student that she could not read books on her daily bus ride. The driver’s defense was to ensure the safety on the children on the bus. He claimed that the other students might stand up to see what she was reading or she might poke someone in the eye with the corner of the book. The school board defended the driver by issuing the statement that the bus driver is allowed to make the rules. Also in the statement the board concedes that “obviously” reading is not dangerous and they specified that personal belongings of students, including books, must stay in their bags during the duration of their trip to and from school.
What do you think?