Driver’s Education and Budget Cuts

by amanda on July 12, 2012

The education system is making cuts everywhere and our children are suffering because of it. I worry that we are making budget cuts at all, but I am even more fearful of the programs they are trying to cut. I do not know what every school has chosen to cut individually. I do, however, know that one of the programs some schools are trying to cut is Driver’s Education. I think this is a mistake. I realize that it is an extra when it comes to the academic program. What I think they don’t realize is that it is a life skill that too many people do not take seriously enough.

I don’t understand how we can continue to put money into our sports programs and continue to support athletics but not be focused on driving education. Driving is something we all need to know how to do. It’s something we should not only know how to do but how to do it well. I like sports as much as the next person but this is not a life skill that will keep our children safe. Basic skills like knowing how to pass the ball, make a goal, and play defense are not going to keep you and your family safe while driving down the road.

Driver’s Education is vital. I understand that there are many programs that are important. I know times are tough. I’m aware that if it were a perfect world, nothing would have to be cut and we’d have a budget surplus. This obviously isn’t a perfect world, but shouldn’t we make the safety of our children and other people on the road a priority? We must think carefully about the consequences of our actions and decisions we make. Before we decide to cut a Driver’s Education program, we must first consider whether or not we feel safe having new, uneducated drivers on the road with us. I can only speak for myself, but it seems blatantly obvious that the answer is an obvious no.

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John July 26, 2012 at 4:45 am

I can fully agree that we need safe drivers, but I fail to see how this has any effect on our education systems budget. I think there are a lot of better ways for a school to spend its money that does not include sports. Drivers education is not one of them. My friends and I all had drivers education and it was not taken through the school. There are plenty of independent organizations that provide a drivers education course for young people to receive their license. Furthermore, these courses do little to prevent distracted driving and other hazardous driving techniques such as drunk driving.

Another point I would like to bring up is that teens are not the only distracted drivers, nor are they the top percent. in the link provided below you can see that the age group of 30-39 were involved in fatal accidents that were caused by distracted driving. Their statistics are shown to be 2% high then teens.

I think that what you are doing is for a great cause. I think people should help others out to help prevent mistakes however, please don’t become a blind advocate for your cause. Lashing out at every avenue makes for a cause with an unobtainable direction. instead of saying that schools can’t remove drivers ed from the curriculum, which is only a portion of where drivers education comes from, why not look into standardizing the information and training of all drivers education? Ensuring that distracted driving education is a national requirement for drivers education is a more proactive agenda.
http://lifebeforetext.com/Statistics.html

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amanda July 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate where you’re coming from on the subject. I fully agree that teens are not the only drivers who need to hear about this subject. I do believe that a very important demographic is the 18-24 age group. The people in this group are the newest drivers and teaching them to not develop these habits is so very important. I am aware that you can take driver’s education outside of school. Although I’m unsure of what they taught at the independent organization you attended, I do know what they teach at most high schools. I speak at the high schools about distracted driving and they have other presenters speak about drunk driving. I can only hope that this helps the students in their future driving experiences. I will keep in mind what you said about becoming a “blind advocate” and respectfully try not to become one. Thanks again for your comment!

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amanda September 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Thank you for your feedback and support!

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stefan September 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Thanks to you for giving me information related to driver school and more information related to teen ages driving academy.

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Tina October 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I spoke in every Driver Ed class at Northern H.S. last week about an auto accident that took the life of my son in 2010. I have also been there every year since the accident and have shared my story in classrooms and pre-prom assemblies throughout Central PA. Mr. Parry invited me to hear you speak tomorrow and I am looking forward to meeting you!

It is an awesome thing that you are doing. It’s very refreshing to know that someone else is out there sharing their story, no matter how difficult it may be. We need more people in the world like you!

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amanda October 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I appreciate what you do as well! I look forward to meeting you too!!

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amanda July 27, 2013 at 2:04 am

Tina, you have been in my thoughts lately and I hope you are doing quite well! Perhaps we will run into one another again soon. I will be going back to speak again soon I hope. We must work together and I appreciate your work as well!

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Crystal January 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Very nice and inspiring. I have a friend who will not stop texting and driving and she is 32. I am afraid one day I will get that call that she hurt someone or is hurt herself. I wish you the best in your future endeavors..

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amanda July 27, 2013 at 2:07 am

Thank you and I hope your friend has started practicing safer driving habits!

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Mikki Hooven January 18, 2013 at 3:05 am

A friend posted an article about you on facebook, and I am so glad he did. I love that you are taking your story to the people who need to hear it, and I wish you luck in reaching as many as you can. Bless you for your heart and courage!

To the poster above who says driver’s education in schools is not worthwhile: I disagree. While there are other resources offered to teach new drivers, they are not available everywhere, and believe me, the places where they are not readily available are probably the places who need it the most. I live in a very rural community, and not only would it be difficult for many students to access private, professional driving instruction (many miles away), but many cannot afford either the fees or the transportation to get there. So that leaves them to learn from parents or other older drivers, and the drivers here are TERRIBLE. Bad driving habits are being passed on and on. So yes, driver’s ed is still worth funding.

And one piece of advice for you, Amanda. You need a good spam filter and you need to read your comments carefully before approving them. At least half of the comments on this post alone are just spam. I have a blog too and deal with the same thing. Those spammers are tricky!

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amanda July 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

I just went back through and deleted a bunch of them! I have no idea how I missed so many of them. As for all of the other stuff you said, thank you for your kind words AND thank you so much for your support on the driver’s education. I’m glad you understand the importance!!!

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