Driver's Education

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Each member of our group felt very strongly about this situation which made it easy to agree on it. Since we all have experienced going to a driving class we were able to put our heads together and really break down the problems and come up with possible solutions.

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

After spending a couple weeks on this topic, I think we all now fully understand how to really dig deep and come up with solutions to our problems. Now we can each come up with a bigger problem than just “Drivers ed is a pressing issue”.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://ls75747.wixsite.com/fixdriversed

Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: All Star Driving School: 1-800-967-7719

CONSULTATION 2: Focus Driving School: 888-632-4756 

CONSULTATION 3: Safe Start Driving Academy: Howell@safestart.com 


Bob from Safe Start Driving Academy:

Driver Ed used to be offered through the schools at what looked like no charge but in fact was paid by taxpayers.  The State gave the schools a certain amount for each student that took the class.  Once the expense was more than the State paid schools stopped offering the class or charge a fee to offset the difference.  The State still regulates the class and the curriculum so I don't think putting it back in the schools would help or hurt as far as the learning.

As schools stopped offering the class private businesses began opening.  This created more businesses and jobs as there are more people doing Driver Ed privately than there was through the schools.  What the schools did was pay existing teachers extra to teach the class and do the drives.  They probably had to hire a few teachers but if you take our area, there are 5 Driver Ed schools where there were none before.  If the schools all of a sudden offered the class most or all of the DE schools would probably have to close.  The school might pick up a few instructors but certainly not everybody from all the DE schools.  So adding it back into the schools would cost people their jobs.

I don't think that the State would ever give schools extra money to offer again but if they did I would be against it for obvious reasons, it would close businesses and eliminate jobs.

I hope this helps and if you have any other questions I would be happy to answer them if I can.

 

Prospectus:

Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)

“A new study that followed more than 150,000 teen drivers over eight years has found that Driver’s Education significantly reduces crashes and traffic violations among new drivers.” As teenagers, the one thing we look forward to when we get to our mid-teenage years is to take a class on driving and soon get out license. We ask and beg and plead our parents to all of a sudden pull out a stack of cash and pay our way through the class because “I’ll be the only 16 year old without my license”. When we finally get signed up, we have to take a class that lasts for three hours a day, four days a week, and for 3 weeks straight. Not to mention that extra fifty hours you have to put in, plus driving time with an instructor. All of this is absolutely necessary for being the safest that you can be on the road, but we think there is an easier way to handle this situation and have it be more time manageable.

 

Adding drivers ed back in schools is going to help out families immensely. When you are a freshman in high school you will take a class. It can be a semester one and semester two class so that you can spread out the length of material learned instead of cramming it all into a few weeks and it going in one ear and out the other. This will save time for after school activities that students are already committed to and help out parents who are working during the evening. Adding drivers ed back into schools is going to guarantee students a better learning environment and an easier learning process. “The one things that unites us all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers” - Dave Barry I think this quote has humor to it, but it also shows that if we all get the correct drivers training that we need, then this quote can become true.

 

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of unintentional death for U.S. residents between ages 15 and 24, accounting for 6,926 deaths in 2011, according to records from the National Center for Health Statistics. During these ages we are just learning how to drive and the rules of the road. Also as new drivers we tend to get distracted more easily because we just don’t realize how looking away for just one second can drastically change the outcome of the drive. You can start off with just a simple trip to the store or a friends house and how if we look away for a second we can end up getting in an accident. In order to help stop some of these crashes Dr. William Van Tassel has been working on a technology to test tennages driving to see their ability to drive"This was the first time we could ever use a driver simulator to assess teens as a reliable measure of performance," he said "Before, the idea was to train, not necessarily evaluate. From a scientific and research point of view, it's pretty neat. You can sit them down in a chair and have a fairly cheap and zero-risk environment." If we could test teens driving skills before they go out in a safe and no risk environment it would drastically decrease the amount of crashes caused by new drivers. If we could bring drivers ed back into school and also bring this system into schools we could not only spend more time learning the rules of the roads but using this simulator to show us what it is like to drive without putting ourselves or anyone else at risk.

 

Furthermore, according to NBC News, “Many parents can't afford the $350 to $700 that private lessons can cost or don't have the skills to teach their kids themselves. Even for those who can do it, the combination of parents, teenagers and learning how to drive can be volatile.”

Adding drivers education back into school will save the hassle of parents pitching out money for their children. Drivers education is extremely important to high school students. Being able to drive in high school allows you to have responsibilities and be more reliable on yourself. Also with the class in school, it limits parents to try to teach their children on past knowledge of driving. All teens should be given the opportunity to learn from the best, and learn it right. Without proper teaching, the driver him/herself would be a safety hazard.  

    

    If teens are limited to take drivers education because of expenses, that will lead to many other problems. "As soon as people start taking driver's education away from the kids, we're going to pay for it with lost lives, collisions, and ultimately that costs everybody," said John Bolen, past president of the Florida Professional Driving School Association. This shows that not having alternative options for teens causes a major problem out on the roads. Providing drivers education in schools can limit collisions, crashes, deaths, and more. As a high school student myself, I believe that offering drivers education as a class in highschool, can allow students to take the class, and further decrease the chances of an accident.   

 

“There are so many teens getting in accidents because of unsafe driving but if every teen in school is learning about how to drive safely, there will be much more safe drivers on the road. We would all be safer with the knowledge that new drivers are being taught by experienced professionals.” If MIchigan puts drivers ed back into the school system there would be more safe teen drivers and a lower accident rate. Instead of paying for a 3 week class you can take to class in school and have more knowledge on the risks of driving.

 


 

Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1:

Drivers Education is a common class that is taken usually at age 14 or 15. We suggest that Drivers ed should be taught within the school, and during school hours. Students are more likely to take in information when it is taught in a building that they are familiar with. One solution is to add a drivers ed class into the daily schedule for students in their freshman year. When you enter high school, you are required to take 7 classes per semester. This gives students the wide variety of choices to expand their knowledge on information they want to take in. If we make Drivers Ed a semester class, that will ensure that all students will take the class their freshman year. It allows students to still have a few elective choices for their classes, and learn to drive without having to go home and be out of the house for an extra 3 hours after school. Providing this class inside the school day is going to ensure that students are learning to drive safely and effectively with no cost and no time wasted.

 

SOLUTION 2:

Providing drivers education in high schools is going to have a positive effect amongst others. We suggest that high schools are provided with a grant. With this grant high schools will be able to pay for the class. Expenses include, a car to drive, including the gas, a classroom to work in, books related to the class, and a salary to pay the teacher. Also with this grant provided public schools, we’ll be able to open this class, and more students would be attracted to this idea. High school students struggle with money on a daily basis, including some parents. Have money provided to schools will cancel the factor of expenses toward families.  With a grant, schools could easily succeed the idea of drivers education in schools  

SOLUTION 3:

Another idea we suggest is to provide a website. Having a website up allows parents and kids to have an open mind about schools offering a class on drivers ed. Also having a website up includes information and other details we can’t provide. A notice will be recognized and more families will be attracted to this idea. Websites can be very family oriented, so parents will feel safe to have their kids take the class. People around the world tend to rely on google and when a person looks up information on a website/page, they will be attached and read more. Websites are easy and have fast access to information. When it comes to drivers training, information is very important. With this in mind, we can help families everywhere get started on their way to drivers education in schools.

 

 

Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

As you move forward to the prospectus, try to narrow your focus on Driver’s Training in Michigan specifically. The use of the 18 year olds and their different training standards was powerful but see if you can use it to support your overall argument of having Driver’s Ed as a part of your school schedule, rather than having that be its own argument. Please be sure to read through your work a couple of times to avoid any spelling or grammar errors that could take away from your persuasive writing.

 

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

Our research process was quite simple. We spent time looking at facts and statistics while taking in information about the subject. While writing our prospectus we each visited multiple websites to gain the correct knowledge to fully understand our topic.

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?


 

===FORMAL PROPOSAL===

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS..... When you get further into the urban areas of Michigan because the towns are so small there are not as many places to take drivers education as there is in the rural areas. Therefore, based on location, some students who want to drive may not have the resources close enough to enroll in drivers education.

WHEREAS.... Some parents who are both working are barely making enough money to pay all of their bills, let alone pay the extra 300 dollars for their child to take drivers education. There are even some parents who make the student pay for it their self. 

WHEREAS.... High school students are extremely busy. We got to school for 8 hours 5 days a week, a large percentage have extra curricular actives or work after school and on the weekends. 

 

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

1.  If we put drivers education in the schools system it will insure that every student has access to a drivers education class near them.

2. It would be resolved if we were to put it in schools and take it out of tax dollars it would be cheaper for everyone.

3. If we were to put drivers education back into the school system in Michigan it would resolve this problem. We don’t have to put it in as a required class but just so students have the option to not have to change their whole after school schedule to take it

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. If we put drivers education back in schools we would have to pay for it with taxes so wouldn’t it be just the same as paying for it outside of school?

2. It would take time away from learning actual curriculum because they would have to set time away from needed credits to graduate for drivers education.

3. Less freedom and choices on what classes you can take. You won’t be offered as many classes during the semester.

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

The cost of proposal would be instead of each parent paying 299 dollars for each child to go through driver's education a certain percentage of taxes would go towards paying to put drivers ed in their district schools. There would be a loss of economic opportunity because the driver's education teachers would not be taking in as much money because if we had it in schools it would not be as high of a charge because they don’t have to pay for electric or gas because it would come out of the schools budget.

  References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.

http://newsroom.unl.edu/releases/2015/08/13/Study:+Driver's+ed+significantly+reduces+teen+crashes,+tickets

http://www.ocregister.com/2014/11/07/whatever-happened-to-drivers-ed-in-high-schools/

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_40645-138542--,00.html




 

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