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Driver’s Ed

Isaac started in on driver’s ed last year and got his learner’s permit with no problems.  He continued studying a bit of driver’s ed with a program I bought him but I think he was hoping he’d get to take “real” driver’s ed in public school this year.  No go.  The public school here does not have a full-time driver’s ed program.  It sometimes has a 4-week course in the summer if they can line up a teacher and enough student interest.  — Or something along those lines.  I’m a little fuzzy as I was taking in too much info the day I asked about that.

Bottom line?  No public school driver’s ed for him.  < evil snicker >






4 Responses to “Driver’s Ed”

  1. George August 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    If you taught him, using materials you purchased, he probably received a better drivers ed than he would in the public school. We used Drivers Ed in a Box, with our kids. Living in Mexico, and being legal residents of Texas, our eldest got his drivers license at age 15. When he was 16 we moved to NJ. There, they confiscated his license till age 18, saying that 1) He wasn’t mature enough to drive (But he was.) and 2) He needed to take the state approved drivers training, which lasted 6 hours and cost hundreds of dollars. When he was “of age” we signed him up for the “state program.” That instructor taught him to tailgate, to drive aggressively (“You better teach that guy not to do that to you.”), to speed, to coast through stop signs and to cruise the shore, scoping out chicks.

    Fortunately, our son didn’t listen to him. Here’s the link to Drivers Ed In a Box, for anyone who might need it.


    My only question is: Are government programs EVER run efficiently?! I can’t think of one that is. But NJ’s drivers ed is a prime example of graft and inefficiency.

  2. Oldnovice August 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I still remember going out with Ingrid … ONCE! After our first intersection experience I had her pull over and explain to me what she’d just done. She said, “It’s legal to turn on a red light after you stop.” I said, “It’s legal to make a RIGHT turn on a red light after a stop … NOT a LEFT turn!” After that, I “farmed her out” to people with more patience. I also sent her to driving school near our home because there wasn’t a driver’s ed class at the school she would be attending that would start before school started and she was totally opposed to riding the bus. This was when we first moved to Texas.

  3. Ilene August 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Skeeter and Spike got Driver’s Ed in school but that was back in the 1980’s and it was still in the budget. By the time it was JC’s turn, they still offered it in Dewey but not until so late that he would be 17 by the time he got thru the class. So I bought an on-line package, I don’t remember what it was called but it was very good, and was recommended by Triple A Auto Club. I drilled him and drilled him. He failed the first test but passed the second time. After he had his permit, I rode around with him a lot. Then summer was over and school started and he got in the Driver’s Ed class in the second semester. By this time he already had his license but I felt like he needed as much additional training as he could get. So our car insurance would be lower, we went him to a pro-active driver’s course at the tech school, too.

  4. Glenda August 31, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    I was surprised when I learned that public schools had dropped drivers’ ed courses. I know our granddaughter took private classes.

    Glad to hear your son is doing well driving.

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