Great Proposition From Drivers Ed In The Box
It is quite reasonable that a teacher should take some responsibility for the subjects, no matter what the field of education is. Pat Barrett of Drivers Ed In The Box thinks that the state should publish annual reports of the teen crash rates for every company that provides the drivers education classes in Texas.
The idea is actually quite reasonable, once one thinks about it. At the moment, there are 9 different companies that provide parent taught drivers education in Texas. Some of the companies offer online drivers education classes, while other offer a book or a CD-Rom version of the class. The state controls the initial licensing of the parent taught program, but it does not really monitor the progress of the graduates once they get on the road. Publishing the crash rates could actually provide parents with the essential information regarding the quality of the drivers ed program they are about to purchase. The solution may also force the companies that develop the home-study courses to review and improve their materials to successfully compete on the market, another win for the public.
Parent taught drivers education classes are mistrusted by some parents because they are not familiar with the subject and think that the conventional way to teach drivers ed is much better than doing it at home. However, this is not always true. Sometimes the conventional drivers ed teaching is limited to the instructor reading the drivers manual to students, something that can certainly be done by a student himself. Plus, according to the survey which was conducted by the Drivers Ed in The Box, the crash rates of students who went through their program is four times less than the state-average, which shows that at least some of the parent taught programs do work, it is simply the matter of choosing the right drivers ed class and sticking to the program.