Re:Kids No Longer Want To Learn To Drive?
It is WAY harder to get a license than it used to be. When I took driver's ed, it was offered for free every summer at my high school. A three-week classroom course, a one-day closed course driving section, and one day on the road with an instructor. If you were 15, you got a permit stating you could only drive with an adult over 21 in the car until you got a real license at 16. If you were 16 or older, you waited 30 days and were a fully licensed driver with no restrictions.
Now...yeah. My niece just turned 17, and she still hasn't earned her learner's permit. She's taken something like 20 hours of classroom, a week on a closed course, and a week with an instructor on the road. She is allowed to drive only with one of her actual parents, with no more than one other person under the age of 21 in the car, only between 9am and 6pm. After she plays this game for another couple of months, then she'll be able to drive with any adult over the age of 21 (if her parents provide them with written permission), still no more than one person under the age of 21, and then only during certain hours or to certain events outside of those hours. Not until she is 18 will she get an actual driver's license.
Especially if a kid lives where there is public transportation, or where things are within walking or biking distance, I can see why they would not be interested in jumping through all the hoops to get a license.