When I was a teen, you could identify high-school dropouts by the cars they drove. Nice ones, often sporty, shiny and new.
In contrast, kids who stayed in school typically drove old beaters or uncool family cars on a parental-loan basis.
But after leaving school prematurely, drop outs usually went to work in low-end jobs, yet ones that provided money for new wheels – if someone were willing to devote the lion’s share of earnings to car payments.
Unfortunately, plenty of under-educated kids did and do that.
We might soon spot drop outs for a much different reason: as people without cars because potential laws bar them from getting a driver’s license. (For most motorists, but alas not some scofflaws, a driver’s license is a prerequisite for driving.)
Here is what looms in the legislative horizon. Lawmakers in some states want to link driving privileges to school attendance.