ERIC Number: ED126238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun-24
Reference Count: 0
Have the Schools Failed?
Waller, Patricia F.
To use the school curriculum to achieve the goal of producing more knowledgeable citizens who have an appreciation for highway safety would require extensive preparation of attractive, innovative teaching materials. However, it would not be difficult to incorporate knowledge and skills relevant to safe driving in other courses and to ensure its carry over to driver education. Examples of such information are cited from the science, government, social studies, biology, sociology, psychology, and health curricula. A procedure is suggested that may provide relatively high payoff per dollar spent when compared with possible alternatives, e.g., elaborate expansion of driver education programs to provide increased behind-the-wheel training. A program of graduated licensing involving parental participation and official endorsement at several levels of proficiency would require convincing parents, license administrators, enforcement personnel, and driver education personnel of its value. As to the question, "Have the Schools Failed?" the answer depends very much on what the schools were expected to do. Given the resources available and the state of the art in driver education, the schools do not appear to have done badly. Yet even limited resources can always be used more effectively. (Author/LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Governor's Highway Safety Program Office, Raleigh, NC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A paper presented to the annual American Medical Association--American School Health Association, Session on School Health (New York, New York, June 24, 1973)