CBS (ended 1994)
First of all, the Captain does indeed have authority to allow whomever he deems worthy to carry out a specific mission.
However, I think you're missing the point. When I learned to drive a car, my mom took me to an empty parking lot. Given the vastness and emptiness of space, it's not likely that he would hit anything.
|Well, I definately get it after he is made acting ensign. Before that, I'm not so sure. Starfleet does support those with special gifts, and this would include Wesley. I believe that the Admiralty should have reviewed the decision. Based on Wesley's capabilities I could understand them allowing it.|