Drinking, Driving, and Little Kids
17% of 290 middle school children surveyed admitted to driving after drinking. Maybe I'm just out of the loop but I thought that ten to thirteen-year-olds weren't supposed to drink OR drive.
If this study is accurate and generalizable, (it was limited to one Mississippi school in a rural area) there will be repercussions.
I can easily imagine a referendum to mandate teaching about the burdens of DUI's to young school kids. Such instruction will almost surely be useless and ineffective. It will also undoubtedly sidestep the issue of parental responsibility.
Given the fatalistic approach we've taken towards sex education (don't have sex but if you do, here's how...) I'm pretty sure I know what form this will take.
Class time is going to be set aside for lectures on the perils of mixing gin with your kool-aid and how doing so will degrade one's ability to negotiate freeway onramps. I can just picture the "role-playing" scenarios where the independent-minded little tyke has to learn to demand the car keys from her inebriated tetherball partner.
I'm just worried about when there'll be any time at all to study reading, writing, and arithmetic. Maybe in the interest of efficiency, they can have a session of interpreting blood alcohol levels incorporated into their math classes?