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19 May 2009 @ 06:59 pm
Writer's Block: Licensed to Drive  
Should we just be handing over the car keys when kids turn 16? Why or why not?
I never can understand the conflicts that arise from questions like these. I remember what it was like to be sixteen, much more so than parents or the legislators that want to make these laws remember, and just because they feel like it's their self-imposed duty to keep children and teenagers safe doesn't mean that the ways they go about making children and teenagers safe are best ones. I remember taking a driving course in tenth and eleventh grade and the one memory that stands out to me is the fact that my driving instructor at the time completely ignored me when I was on the serpentine and trying to understand the dynamics of a parallel park. Yes, the dreaded parallel park. I had always heard about the diifculties in understanding it and the rumors about how it was the most irritating parking technique, but I still wanted to learn it. I tried, unsuccessfully to get her attention, but she still ignored me and that day, I never learned.

The point I'm trying to make is, maybe instead of limiting a teenagers' rite of passage into adulthood, and devalue their feelings on the matter in taking yet another decision away from them among the many that disconnected and overzealous senators, politicians and legistlators make to sway voters, perhaps you should crack down on the parents and the driving instructors, the classes and the schools about updating their driving manuals, getting back in the classroom and becoming involved in the teenagers and childrens' studies and stop blaming the kids for an obvious lack of parental guidance, understanding and control. Parents are negligent and are more willing to blame other things than their lack of actually being parents and not pursuing pipe dreams of being young again or wearing their sons' or daughters' clothes.

Parents should be parents. Kids should be kids, and people should take effin responsibility for themselves and their families.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Kristyconfessions33 on May 20th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
I couldn't of said that better. I know exactly what you mean. I was 16 only 4 years ago, and I remember that everyone is always making kids/teenagers all seem like they're unreliable. We're not all like that and it's very frustrating sometimes.

And plus, sometimes the teacher/driving instructors are ancient, and it's super hard to connect with them when all they do is yell at you.

Sorry for the rant, lol. But I completely agree with everything you said.