Saturday, March 11, 2006

That Explains It

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver’s education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it.

Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate – a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use.


Hundreds of school districts in Illinois require students to pass driver’s ed, although the state only requires that districts offer the courses. A state education official says districts that require it should exempt disabled students.

“It defies logic to require blind students to take this course,” said Meta Minton, spokeswoman for the state Board of Education.

I’m pretty sure most of those people are now driving on I-95 in Miami every afternoon. At least it’s good to know they passed driver’s ed.