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Driver's Ed for blind h.s. students?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I just came across this little gem: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060310/...tkBHNlYwM3MTg- , and fail to see the reasoning behind it.
post #2 of 18
That makes even less sense than my English friend being told he had to take an English class as a requirement to citizenship to the USA.
post #3 of 18
Ok, this makes no sense to me.
post #4 of 18
I just read this too, I was quite confused as to why they needed to take the class - I still don't understand the concept
post #5 of 18
Hummm the more I read the more I beleive I am normal and they are not yet they are allowed to make decisions for others.lol

WHY?? I wasnt supposed to be able to learn to drive but I took it on the off chance I would at some pt learn to drive .... I cant see making folks who obiously cant drive take a driving course....
post #6 of 18
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I can understand requiring high school students to take driver's ed, but didn't anybody think about exempting kids who are physically unable to drive right off the bat?
I have a friend whose son's school requires it. His son is a severe epileptic, and will never be able to drive. He took the course last year, and it just served to bum him out more about not being able to operate a vehicle.

There are so many examples of such lack of common sense. Although I won't be of retirement age for another nineteen years, I've recently had to turn in documentation of my schooling to the local equivalent of the U.S. Social Security Administration. I sent in notarized copies of my university transcripts/diploma/certificates, and then got a letter asking for proof that I had graduated from high school (although my high school and graduation year were listed on the university transcripts)!
post #7 of 18
I can't see why they would need to take that course...
That is weird.
post #8 of 18
Huh. That reminded me of the time when I was forced to take music classes in high school. (I am deaf in case any of youse don't know)
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
Huh. That reminded me of the time when I was forced to take music classes in high school. (I am deaf in case any of youse don't know)
Now that's a prime example of how idiotic some policies can be.
post #10 of 18
just to play devils advocate for a minute (i too think that its fairly cruel to require students who cant and never will be able to drive, to take a driving course)

i do not drive, but i have found that it is important for me to know a few of the "driving rules" as some of them apply to pedestrians.

not a whole lot, and you would think that they could easily cover those in a single class or less, but that might be one reason why the school thinks that all students should know the rules for their state

another possible reason is if the blind person has someone from out of state visit and drive them around, they can inform their driver what the rules are in their state.

still, it does seem cruel to require this- it might be good to suggest that all ppl be familiar with the driving rules for their state, just in case some situation arises where they might need to know, but to require it???

sheesh
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by catnapt
i do not drive, but i have found that it is important for me to know a few of the "driving rules" as some of them apply to pedestrians.
But isn't that normally taught to all kids in elementary school? The rules which pedestrians need to know, that is.
post #12 of 18
Who knows? Maybe the visually impaired students will remember the rules of the road better than those of us who do drive!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by jcat
But isn't that normally taught to all kids in elementary school? The rules which pedestrians need to know, that is.
Yeah, I agree with you. I mean, obviously, they're important to know, but you also don't need an entire semester to learn them!
post #14 of 18
um i guess i was thinking in this case, more of the penalties...
i think a person with a red tipped cane (visually impaired) has more "rights" for lack of a better word, than your average pedestrian, in most states

supposedly "pedestrians always have the right of way" (in other words, you never have an excuse to mow one down!)

but if it were to come to a legal battle, i think some pedestrians, or ppl in certain situations (if you were hit while you were in the cross walk) have a better case

which, the more i write, really is NO reason to have a class on this, unless its going to be about the legal system....
doh!

but somethings, like where you are allowed to park, what a red and yellow light together mean (in MA that means all traffic stops, it is their walk light, and no turns are allowed) or what exactly a yellow light means in your state, as i hear this varies
things like that-
would be good for anyone to know

but to be forced to learn it when you are not going to be the driver, like i said, that seems just cruel
post #15 of 18
Umm, I'm thinking noone wanted to be acused of discriminating against the disabled students by excluding them, so they have to do it too. Shame that common sense can't simply be allowed to prevail, but this is the world we live in.
post #16 of 18
From the article it sounds like blind students could have opted out all along, but the high school counselors seem to be unaware of this and have insisted on it. It sounds like a case of misinformation by word-of-mouth to me.

Its satisfying to know that some of the students finally decided to stand up for themselves and point this out.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
That makes even less sense than my English friend being told he had to take an English class as a requirement to citizenship to the USA.
This happened to me when I moved to Canada

But what annoyed me about it was the people who could speak English but pretended they couldn't and they were given a 6 month temporary visa and money to learn English???
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
This happened to me when I moved to Canada

But what annoyed me about it was the people who could speak English but pretended they couldn't and they were given a 6 month temporary visa and money to learn English???
Yeah...that would tick me off too!

Actually, my friend got out of having to take the class after all, BUT it was after he paid for it and it was non-refundable.
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