How do kids of minimum wage workers learn to drive? When I was a kid in New Jersey, driver's ed was a required course in high school, with no extra cost to my parents. Now, in Middleton High School, driver's ed is a separate, privately taught class after school, that costs $400 for in class work plus six hours on the road. After that, parents are told to teach their kid on their own. Thirty hours worth of driving, including six hours at night. Imagine, then, a minimum wage worker, probably working more than one job, probably commuting by bus to each job, adding time, money, and stress to her day. She gets home from her jobs, late, and first has to feed the kids. Then, she has to muster the time, energy, and gas money to take her daughter out driving for an hour. Assuming she even has a car. And can afford the insurance. Seems awfully daunting to me. This musing was occasioned by my husband taking my son out driving last night - another adventure!
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