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The GED

History of the GED:

During World War II the GED was created so that Veterans coming home from the war could finish their high school education. This enabled Veterans to prove that they were ready for a college education or technical training as made available in the GI Bill. So necessarily it was so that these individuals could be successful in their educations. The GED was a way for the Veterans to continue in their education and go on to be what they dreamed of without feeling like being in the Armed Forces had taken them away from their personal goals.
Soon after the GED became available to all drop outs. By 1959 most GED test takers were civilians. In 2001 the number of GED certificates given was about 650,000.
About the GED:
The GED is comprised of five general sections. Those sections are:
  • Language Arts, Writing
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
To pass the GED you have to score better than 60% of high school students. You are allowed anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes per section to complete the test. It just depends on where you are. In 2002 the Department of Education reviewed and changed the GED so that it had progressed in line with a typical high school education. This means that much of the test is harder to pass.
The Education Commission of the States declares that those with a GED got very comparable grades in post-secondary education as those with high school diplomas. They also note that most GED test takers claim that they want the GED strictly so that they can further their education.
People who get their GED cannot help but have a sense of accomplishment. Whether it is a high school diploma or a GED certificate, they both help a person’s self esteem. There is a lot of value in getting something like that accomplished. GED holders will have higher paying jobs, further education and be happier with themselves. It is obvious that a high school diploma is always a better alternative. But, when that just cannot happen then the getting the GED passed is certainly a better options than dropping out and not completing anything.

Obama’s Call to Higher Education

I have recently been reading a number of articles about our President’s new call to higher education, asking every American to pursue some form of education beyond high school. Which has led me to to some research on standardized testing and college placement exams. In the next few posts I would like to share some of what I have learned about these tests.
Advanced placement courses were introduced in 1955, in just over 100 schools nationwide, as a way for high school students to take more challenging classes that would prepare them for college. The advanced placement exams are now offered in over 15,000 schools across the U.S.. There are currently 34 advanced placement courses available including calculus, English, several foreign languages, physics, economics, biology, economics, and psychology. Each test currently costs about $86 but there are a number of grants available for low income students.
In order for the student to get credit for the AP course they must score at least a 3 out of 5 points. These scores may be reported to colleges to provide them with information about a students educational abilities. Most students who take AP courses take more than one and often take them in their junior and senior years of high school. It is proven that students who are encouraged to take AP courses and do well will continue on to college.
There have been some criticism about the AP testing and courses not being as fair, or as available, to lower income students, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
College Boards have taken an interest in auditing and overseeing the AP courses to insure they are held to a higher standard than national standardized testing. These courses are designed to be more challenging, prepare students for college, and reward them for taking their education seriously.

Talk Higher Education Early

The best time to start talking to your children about their college education is in early childhood. Studies show that if a child knows up front from the beginning what is expected of them they will strive to meet those expectations. Education is important from day one. Starting to talk about college in their junior or senior year of high school is not going to let them know that it is important to you and it is expected of them. By the time they are in high school they should be preparing for college by studying for and taking their SAT’s, researching colleges, applying for scholarships, and even taking college courses while they are still in high school. The questions should not be should I attend college or not? It needs to be which college should I attend? which will work better for me a college or a university? and what am I going to major in?