Friday, March 10, 2006

Passing stupid and going directly to idiocy
Chicago Requires Driver's Ed for the Blind

CHICAGO (AP) -- 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. [Ed. – Is the test written in Braille?]

"In other classes, you don't really feel different because you can do the work other people do," Ramirez said. "But in driver's ed, it does give us the feeling we're different. In a way, it brought me down, because it reminds me of something I can't do."

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," Meta Minton, spokeswoman for the state Board of Education, told the Chicago Tribune in a Friday story…

Let me guess: the brainless principals and staffs at these schools stopped putting the blind students behind the wheel of a driver’s ed car because the inevitable accidents were driving up the school district’s insurance rates.

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