While we agree that it’s important to keep kids in school, we suggest that legislators proceed with caution before implementing this measure.
In Michigan, you must be at least 16 years old to receive your driver’s license. It’s very likely that, by this time, the habit of skipping school has already been established.
A better option might be only allowing those kids who have good attendance records to enroll in a driver’s education class.
Kids need to understand the value of an education early on, and failure to attend school has consequences.
It’s unfortunate that situations like this exist, but they do and likely always will. It appears that lawmakers assume that suspending a driver’s license will magically make kids start attending class on a more regular basis.
This plan overlooks some of the negative impact this will cause, and ultimately make a bad situation worse.
What about the kid who needs his driver’s license to get to work? Not being able to drive likely results in the loss of that job. Now, the kid isn’t attending school and lost his or her job. Sounds like a nosedive that can have a lasting impact.
Before this bill is approved, let’s make sure it has a chance of accomplishing what the real goal is — keeping kids in school.
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