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Friday, March 10, 2006

Bureaucratic Rules Strike Again 

This is just as good as drive through ATM's being required by law to have braille on the keypads:

Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver's education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it.

Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate - a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use.

I'm sure it's in an effort to make sure they don't feel any different from the rest of the student population, and make them feel better about themselves.

"In other classes, you don't really feel different because you can do the work other people do," Ramirez said. "But in driver's ed, it does give us the feeling we're different. In a way, it brought me down, because it reminds me of something I can't do."

Oh. Whoops.

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