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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:42 PM
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Chicago Requires Driver's Ed for the Blind
insane ...

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.

"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."

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060310/ap_on_re_us/blind_d...
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:46 PM
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1. well, this takes the cake!
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:49 PM
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2. Crazy. Waste of time and money.
They should just BUY their drivers licences like the rest of us in Illinois.
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:49 PM
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3. One size...
does not fit all. If common sense were so common, why does it seem so rare.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:52 PM
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4. insanity encoded into law is still insane
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doodadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:53 PM
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5. Actually..........
I think we have some of those folks driving here!
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:54 PM
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6. But, but ... don't schools get paid for this instruction?
Anything that gets in the way of schools making more money is bad, isn't it? Don't schools get paid by governments for the number of hours kids spend in classroom seats?

Therefore, shouldn't curriculm be extended for as long as possible to maximize every schools' potential income from each and every pupil?

Shouldn't real, income producing knowledge be delayed until the very latter years of college?
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jamesinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:16 PM
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7. schools may get paid by student attendance
let them take something that will actually be useful, unless IL. allows the blind to drive. Let them take an elective like teachers aid, or PE instead of drivers ed. Let them take something that the law does not prohibit them from actually doing.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:20 PM
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8. I remember...
...briefing a case once involving a Benedictine monastery, health insurance, and mandatory contraception coverage.

Ain't bureaucracy grand?
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