I usually try not to pick on public schools because this blog is supposed to be about homeschooling, but this story that just showed up in my Inbox is so over-the-top that I can’t not blog it.
- Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, 10 March 2006, Driver’s ed for blind kids?
State law requires that all districts offer driver’s education, but does not mandate it as a graduation requirement. For the hundreds of high schools that do, there should be some exemption option for disabled students who cannot drive, a state education official said.
“It defies logic to require blind students to take this course … and waste their academic time,” said Meta Minton, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Board of Education.
Chicago’s public schools have no such exemption. That is something the Curie and Payton students are pushing to change, through an advocacy program at the Blind Service Association.
District officials said Thursday that they would be willing to consider a change in the policy and give students the opportunity to earn credits in another course.
What can you say to something like this?Â It’s beyond sarcasm.
- One teacher argued that the lessons aren’t a waste of time.
“I don’t think you can ever get enough traffic safety … and we do a lot on how to make good decisions,” said Brent Johnston, a Hinsdale South High School teacher and a chairman of the Illinois High School/College Driver’s Education Association. “Still, this shouldn’t be the school’s decision; it should be mom and dad’s decision. A little common sense would go a long way.”
And we wonder why it’s so hard to convince the bureaucracyÂ of much of anything aboutÂ homeschooling.Â Maybe the people in charge should attend the class so they can learn how to “make good decisions.”