Letter: Driving doesn’t require someone to be book smart
I’ve heard talk again about how teenagers should be required to earn a “C” average in order to get their driver’s license, and I disagree with this. I’m a good student with a strong grade-point average, and I know that driving doesn’t require someone to be book smart.
The way a student performs in school also does not have anything to do with how well he or she can drive. Driving is something that, once you learn how to do it, you continue to practice it for the rest of your life. Many other things learned in school don’t stay with you as long.
Driving is something that becomes easier as you do it, and you develop habits that make it easier and easier as you do it. But learning isn’t like that. Some people have a harder time learning and, if they have a job, it just makes it that much harder for them to do things like work, because they can’t get anywhere in addition to not being able to learn easily.
Also, what about those people in the past who may have dropped out of high school or did not obtain a “C” average? Do they get their driving privileges taken away too? This would only be fair—but it would be a huge disaster, since lots of people would get their license taken away.
I do not think it is a good idea to require someone to obtain a “C” average to be eligible for a driver’s license.
Kaneland High School