imageNow that I have a 14-year-old at home with a learner’s permit it has perplexed me why the State of Iowa was ok for me as a parent to teach my kids English, Algebra, U.S. History for example… but I was ill-equipped to teach them how to drive a car.

The Iowa House today decided that was a stupid law as well on a 59-35 vote.  I’m disappointed 35 legislators voted against this bill as it’s just codifying common sense.  I’m going to find out who exactly voted against this and ask them why they don’t believe parents can teach their children to drive.  (It isn’t like kids don’t have to pass a written and driving test before they can get their license).

Let me ask you, how many of you didn’t have any clue how to drive before entering driver’s ed?  If you didn’t shame on your parents.  I can’t say that I really learned anything new… at least about driving anyway.  I did learn more about my driver’s ed teacher than I cared to know however. 

There is nothing that makes somebody with a teacher’s license more qualified to teach kids how to drive, and am thankful that the Iowa House sees it the same way.  Now it heads off to the Iowa Senate.  Will Majority Leader Mike Gronstalling (D-Council Bluffs) put the kibosh on this bill as well?

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  1. As a licensed Driver’s Education Teacher, I’d rather know the names of the 59 that voted for this, because I have been behind the wheel with kids that knew absolutely NOTHING about driving, and yet had been taught by said parents. I believe there should be more regulations regarding home school education, with regard to accreditation, not less. Getting behind the wheel of a car is a HUGE responsibility, and VERY easily puts their life and the lives of everyone else on the road in their hands, and in no way should it be taken lightly, or dismissed in any way. It is not a joke, it is not simple, and the lessons are important. Getting a license is much more than a written test and a driving test.

    1. Holly I would recommend that perhaps we make the testing standards more rigorous then. The bill does require homeschool parents to use the same curriculum. Also, I would contend that homeschooling parents are highly involved in their children’s education and would not treat learning how to drive any differently.

      The issue here is that you think you know better than parents on what is best for their kids. I disagree.

  2. As a licensed Driver’s Education Teacher, I’d rather know the names of the 59 that voted for this, because I have been behind the wheel with kids that knew absolutely NOTHING about driving, and yet had been taught by said parents. I believe there should be more regulations regarding home school education, with regard to accreditation, not less. Getting behind the wheel of a car is a HUGE responsibility, and VERY easily puts their life and the lives of everyone else on the road in their hands, and in no way should it be taken lightly, or dismissed in any way. It is not a joke, it is not simple, and the lessons are important. Getting a license is much more than a written test and a driving test.

  3. Home school of English, Algebra, U.S. History for example will not put the general public at risk as home school driver education will. As a certified driver education teacher and a member of the Iowa Safety Educator’s Association, Driver Education is not just teaching minors how to drive it also about safety education. I am not sure I would want to meet a student driver who is being taught high risks and poor habits by their high risk poor habit driving parent. Johnny J. Turpin

    1. Sure yes because homeschooling parents get in car wrecks all of the time. No offense, but I’d like to hear from somebody who isn’t involved professionally with driver’s education because there is an inherent bias (and self-preservation) there.

      I didn’t learn a blasted thing from my driver’s ed teacher that I didn’t already know from logging many hours behind the wheel with my Mom and Dad.

    2. You do realize that kids can wait until they are 18 and skip driver’s ed all together right?

      I would have a greater problem with that than I would homeschooling parents teaching their kids how to drive.

  4. Homeschool parent of young kids here. The only issue I have with this is that driving is something that really affects others and unfortunately, I can definitely see some parents using this as an excuse to not pay for driver’s ed privately (can even traditional schooling families claim they are “homeschooling” just for driver’s ed?) and then not really doing much to teach their child how to drive. I guess it really depends on what kind of regulations they are having for those choosing to homeschool driver’s ed.

    1. They have to use the approved curriculum for it.

      And I’ll reintegrate again that taking driver’s ed did not make me a better driver. I think for many people I know that is the case. It was the time we spent logging driving hours with my parents that made the difference.

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