Driving And Grades MAG

By John C., Needham, MA

   Students performing poorly in schools and on standardized tests seem to be a popular topic today in the media. Unfortunately, these discussions are often limited to complaints rather than to a logical forum for a constructive solution. As a teenager, the secret to mandating better grades is quite obvious: link driving privileges with attaining good grades.

High school students would need to attain a certain grade-point average to receive a driver's license. In addition, a fixed GPA would be maintained to keep the license. If the GPA falls below this guideline for two marking periods, then the student would lose the license until grades improved. For the first year after getting a license, if a student had an accident or got a ticket for a major moving violation, speeding, drinking and driving, the student would lose the license for six months. To regain it, the student would need to attend drivers ed again.

If a driver's license depends on good grades, students would have another motivation for doing well in the classroom. All high school students want to be able to drive because it means freedom. If high school students have to do well in school to be eligible for receive a license, then most would get good grades. This would mean that our nation's teenagers would become better students. Perhaps SATs and other standardized test scores would also rise.

Some students would not be able to reach the GPA. If they had a proven disability, then there would have a different average to attain, and keep. If a student is not able to reach the average and does not have disability, he or she will have to demonstrate hard work. The student would have the principal write a letter to the Department of Motor Vehicles stating that the student is keeping up with the assigned work to the best of his or her ability.

Restricting a driver's license to those students who do well in school is a great idea. Not only would it motivate kids to work hard in school, but also it would have a positive effect on our society. Smarter kids with driver's licenses could mean that wiser driving decisions would be made. ?



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Jimmy890 said...
on Apr. 12 at 7:07 pm
Agreed!! If you know the requirements for operating a vehicle, then what does grades matter? Driving is more so common sense and knowledge....so is school, but if your failing is school, would I still be eligible for a learners permit?

Jimmy890 said...
on Apr. 12 at 7:06 pm
Agreed!! If you know the requirements for operating a vehicle, then what does grades matter? Driving is more so common sense and knowledge....so is school, but if your failing is school, would I still be eligible for a learners permit?

i love this !

LLOYD said...
on Nov. 14 2017 at 12:36 pm
This is a god awful idea.

wsterling said...
on Jul. 8 2016 at 11:37 am
Putting chains on a freedom as this article says is, in my opinion, a terrible idea. Do they not think this will discourage kids from even attempting to get a permit or license because they know if they were to slip up for two marking periods for various reasons, like loss or family issues or just issues in general, they will have their privilege revoked?

Bonnie said...
on Aug. 18 2015 at 4:55 pm
There is no proof that grades reflect driving habits. But, we must recognize that meritocracy has been part of maintaining social order ever since James B. Conant who proposed that this type of policy would be an excellent measure to assist with having a better society.

on Nov. 11 2014 at 10:49 pm
If some location was legally allowed to ban some students from driving based on an academic record, for some it may mean dropping out of school entirely. It certainly wouldn't be legal to ban 16,17,18 non-students from getting a license.

jacrat16 said...
on Apr. 1 2014 at 10:27 am
I couldn't agree more!

Kelton said...
on Feb. 26 2014 at 10:20 am
I think this is a bad, bad, BAD idea! I graduated with a 3.7 GPA, attended college while in high school. I had a couple of wrecks (though I was not at fault). My husband, dropped out of school, would not have had the required GPA under these guidelines and he has't had a wreck in years. And, btw, he makes more money than most people with a bachelor's degree. Not to mention, this would encourage more kids to drop out, if they really needed to work.....when it comes down to maintaining grades or getting to work to help with their family. And where s the proof that poor grades = poor drving.

on Sep. 18 2013 at 8:31 am
I currently am a Student In high school and i am keeeping a 3.8 GPA and i do not agree with the law for two reasons, one being there is no correlation between Driving Habits and High School Classes, and two I know of more people with a good GPA That have gotten in to accidents, than students with a low GPA; i say if you want to be a parents Decision fine but a law? that just doesnt seem right.

Razgriz23 said...
on Mar. 7 2013 at 6:16 pm
well they are stupid they just dont think about there future they dont know how hard the future can be. they have no idea how hard the future can be they just cant take the time to think about what will happen after sex if they had a child.but i believe that a high schooler should get a license in high school! why? well there are many answers why one they could go to there jobs or they could use the vihicle to well provide themeselves transport. two so that they could look around town where they want to look for a job if they live too far away from the jobs that they want. one more thing if they want to get cars and get chicks and have sex and have kids well thats their decision and only dumb people do that thos3 who think will get jobs so that they could support there families and probably and will have babies later.

on Feb. 9 2013 at 10:14 am
because people are stupied and have sex b4 marrage, and they do it over and over, and the don't realize you can have kids on birth control, and condoums, best thing to do is not...

on Feb. 9 2013 at 10:12 am
i have just passing grade because i can't pay attion in class, but i try, and the classes i do like i do well in.  and i busted my butt in drivers ed. but i thought i failed one of my classes turns out i didn't when i got my report card. But my dad does not belive me, and then said he does not care, i can't get it tel next year, and by then it will be to late and i will have to take drivers ed. over.

dadys girl said...
on May. 1 2012 at 2:32 pm
totally true hahaha

on Jun. 15 2011 at 4:22 pm
I'm going to suggest that most of the people opposing this here either do not have the required grades, did not, or are on the border, because there is no other logic that could support this blatant disregard of a good idea. The cut-off point, a 2.0, is a very attainable goal.

on May. 13 2011 at 10:41 am
COOLIO KID YOU DONT HAVE TO HAVE GOOD GRADES BECAUSE U MIGHT NOT LIKE SCHOOL BUT U WILL PAY ATETION IN DRIVER ED

on May. 13 2011 at 10:22 am
i totaly agree

on May. 12 2011 at 10:52 am
why would you have kids your in high schoool

Nattiee Gee said...
on Jan. 21 2011 at 3:48 pm
Umm , Students who Lose their drivers' license get emotional and angry . Then their grades go down and then they will never get them back until they are out of high school . . . . . horrible

classof2013 said...
on Jan. 17 2011 at 7:48 am
you could be the smartest person in the world and be the worst driver ever and make the worst decisions


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