Balloon Juice points us to an article in the WSJ (paywall) about how kids are not allowed to walk to school. Yaaaay, Culture of Fear. I would note that I once did the math for another blog post, and based on current crime figures your child is literally more likely to be struck by lightning than abducted by a stranger and murdered. But, hey, statistics is for weenies.
Peripherally interesting was this article on how late start times for high school produces better results. I've been digging a bunch of the recent TEDtalks on education (on of the shining uses of the iPads is video podcasting), and I think (or, hope) that we're on the verge of some serious rethinking about how we train kids for the 21st Century by preparing them for 19th century factory-work.