contains two issues of special interest to the middle school and junior
high school student.
Driver Licensing for Teenagers
driving regulations are currently being debated by many in the state of
Kansas. The legislature is considering raising the age for an
unrestricted license from 16 to 17 and requiring 50 hours of supervised
driving experience before a license is issued to a teenage driver.
supporters of these changes cite the large numbers of young people
injured and killed in auto accidents. Opponents say that farm youth
will be prevented from driving in situations which benefit the farm
family livelihood, and that certain teenagers will be unduly penalized,
such as mothers with young children and those that are employed.
on this issue is difficult to reach. Special interest groups have
differing views. Parents line up on opposite sides of the issue as well
as the students themselves. This issue presents the ideal motivator for
the young person to learn about the legislative process, which
ultimately determines what the law regarding teenage driver's licensing
issue centers around a proposal that would require all graduates of an
accredited high school in the state of Kansas to satisfactorily
complete a community service class. This class would provide volunteer
service to the local community by each student. The student would serve
without monetary compensation for the purpose of benefiting the
of this legislation say that students who volunteer raise their grades
in other classes and will become contributing members of the society at
large. Opponents say that this is an unfunded mandate to schools
causing budgetary and fiscal problems, and that it violates students'
this issue allows students to assess the benefits of performing
community service, balanced against fiscal issues for schools and
individual constitutional rights. The young person will be motivated to
learn about the legislative process by which this proposal could become
the law in Kansas and by which they ultimately would be governed.