I was going to just let this go, but it’s too ridiculous. People, get out of the 1970’s already.
Dave, your kid’s already driven one and is asking to do it. Give him the chance, and he’ll be having more fun than he’s ever had before, while developing himself as a driver at an incredible rate.
As a fun fact, I started driving shifters when I was 15, and before that I drove a TaG for about 4 days. It’s not about machismo or anything like that; just give your kid a challenge like this and watch how fast he matures as a driver.