David McWilliams: The economics of driving a child to school

Overprotected children have their capacity to meet failure and unpredictability stunted

Children learn through trial and error. The child who is allowed to make mistakes might be the one better equipped for life. Photograph: Getty Images

Children learn through trial and error. The child who is allowed to make mistakes might be the one better equipped for life. Photograph: Getty Images

The schools are closed for holidays, and morning rush hour traffic in the suburbs has dwindled. Traffic reports herald this blessed relief.

Driving kids to school, and clogging up roads, is a relatively new thing. Our household is at it too on occasion. Indeed, sometimes it’s the only way of getting them into school at all.

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