In 2002 the schools around here stopped having driver's ed in the curriculum. Now, if my daughter wants her license it will cost $420 for a private course. Meanwhile taxes are skyrocketing, schools have conflict resolution fluff and a mental health classes, the kids can't spell anymore, and drivers ed, a vital skill used everyday, is left up to the parents. Heck, I have a comfortable income, yet $420 sounds very steep to me. I'm thinking of a compromise with her if she wants her license before 18. She's going to have to stop spending her money on clothes and cough up half of this fee. And, what about the kids from poor families? They have no chance to get a license. And we wonder why there is a growing gulf between the rich and poor? More and more our schools have penalized the kids from less advantaged families. I'll bet a lot of parents are putting this fee on their credit cards so their kids can keep up with the Jones' kids. My daughter is going to have to pay for part of her fee. She's been spending her money on clothes and make up, and reality is hitting her in the face. She won't have enough to join in the Feb course unless she buckles down. She'll have to wait until April.