When I went thru driving school, it was a 2 semester class. You couldnt take drivers ed unless you had sufficient grades in your other classes. Drivers ed consisted of written, simulation(horrible) and road driving. We were tested on the small roadways, highways, merging, changing lanes, emergency braking, etc. Our road test with the IDOT(Illinois Dept of Trans), we had a road test and written test. I dont remember how long intense it was but you couldnt take unless you passed drivers or a similar driving school.
While this may have changed, I have hard time believing that we are now the bottom of the barrel and they just hand out drivers licenses to anyone with a car. The Germany thing is pretty interesting, I think thats something that should be taught in school regardless so you got us there.
Libertyville High School