In Chicago, even blind high-school students are required to take driver’s education.
You read that right. Required.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Mayra Ramirez scored an A in driver’s education this year, but sitting through the 10-week class felt like a bad joke to the Curie Metropolitan High School sophomore.
Ramirez is blind. She knows she’s never going to drive. She can think of a lot of things she’d rather be studying than rules of the road, but she didn’t have a choice.
Chicago Public Schools requires all sophomores to take the class and pass a written road-rules exam–a graduation requirement that affects about 30 blind and visually impaired students in specialized programs at Curie and Payton College Preparatory High.
“In other classes, you don’t really feel different because you can do the work other people do,” said Ramirez, 16. “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.”