November 12, 2009, - 12:24 pm
I remember learning to drive. The private driving school I went to didn’t teach me to drive and was a waste of time, but I was required to provide proof that I went to a driver’s ed school, in order to get my driver’s permit. Then, the real driver’s education began–my dad taught me to drive.
But now, student drivers in Michigan will face more boredom–and a lot of global warming and environmental baloney–if some Democrat legislators have their way. It’s more big government and not exactly a great idea in a state reeling from losses in the auto industry. Not to mention that it’s outrageous to force-feed teens left-wing propaganda in exchange for the ability to drive, a necessity in most American communities which don’t have mass transit.
Manny Lopez, one of the few remaining good things about The Detroit Newsistan birdcage liner, has the alarming details:
Unfortunately, Michigan’s Legislature is in session and Reps. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, and Dan Scripps, D-Leland, think the driving school rules aren’t hitting all cylinders.
The duo has introduced a bill that would mandate environmental activism into the curriculum. Students learning to drive would be forced to spend some of their time in class learning about “the importance of carpooling and using public transportation,” as well as “identifying the attributes of a fuel-efficient vehicle,” and “recycling vehicle parts and fluids,” among other secondary lessons that have nothing to do with captaining a two-ton machine down the freeway.
Johnson, for his part, defended the bill, which is fortunately stuck in a House committee right now, when he told The News that “giving them this type of information will help them to make better decisions.” . . .
If Johnson and his colleagues really want to make the roads safer for student drivers and the rest of us, they should allocate their time and our resources to ensuring that the potholes on the road get fixed the first time instead of cracking open every year and forcing us to dodge them like we do student drivers.
Right on. When the Detroit Newsistan goes out of business, Manny Lopez will be one of the few worthy of getting a job writing and informing elsewhere.
In the meantime, if the men who run the paper were smart, they’d replace stale hack and pan-Islamist ignoramus Nolan Finley as editorial page editor with Lopez. Then, the paper would actually be practicing the affirmative action it preaches for everyone else, by promoting a minority who actually deserves the job in spades.
Tags: Bert Johnson, curriculum, Dan Scripps, driving school, environmental activism, environmental propaganda, Manny Lopez, student drivers