Class teaches more than just driving

Students looking for an interesting class to take

this summer may want to consider signing up for

driver’s education.

Harvey LaCount, the instructor for FAMU’s driver and

traffic safety class, said the course isn’t the

typical driver’s education class from high school.

“I know all of you can drive,” LaCount told his

class last Wednesday morning. “I’m going to take you on the

range and I’m going to teach you how to teach students

to drive.”

On the driving range, students found themselves in

the familiar territory of their driver’s ed classes

from high school. They must complete all the tasks

from before – including parallel parking, the figure

eight maneuver and the three-point turn about – only

this time they learned how to teach high school

students the same techniques.

Derdra Hampton, 22, an education student from Miami,

said being certified to teach driver’s education could

bring in extra money for her after she graduates.

“It could be like something on the side for me,” said

Hampton, who plans to teach elementary education.

But while the class is one of three required courses

that certify students to become driver’s education

instructors, the course isn’t just for education


For students like Johnese Price, 19, a nursing

student from Jacksonville,Fla., the class was a good

opportunity to boost her grade point average.

“I heard it was a good class to take if you want to

get an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ in a class,” Price said.

LaCount said students in the class are responsible

for knowing a variety of information related to

driving, including exams on car insurance and how it

is computed.

“The insurance component of driver’s education has to

do with the consumer side of driver’s education,”

LaCount said.

In addition to knowing about car insurance, students

must also teach their fellow students about the

driving information in their textbooks – “Responsible

Driving” by Glencoe and the American Automobile

Association-in which LaCount is featured.

“We don’t just drive. We do English. We do math,”

LaCount said. “We do more than just teach a person how

to drive an automobile.”

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