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
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.
New Mexico has completely revamped their homeschool laws. This will cause some grief for parents who are already homeschooling and it may deter some parents from looking at homeschool as an option because of all the requirements placed on them. Either way, this is a great reminder that parents who homeschool need to be constantly looking at their state’s requirements for homeschooling as they are subject to change at any time and it is best to be well informed and prepared to have what is needed to please the state. This just makes your homeschool experience a much smoother one.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has actually come up with a whole manual of instruction for homeschool parents. Here is a list of some of the changes you can look forward to if you live in New Mexico and homeschool!
- Homeschool families have to submit a form basically letting the state know of your intent to “establish a home school”.
- Maintain immunization records, health records or a “religious/conscientious objection form”. These records or forms must be submitted to the state.
- Keep track of homeschool attendance .
- Prove that the person instructing has a high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Notify the Secretary of Education if you move or discontinue homeschooling.
Many states do not require proof of immunizations, attendance records, or proof that the instructor has any kind of diploma or G.E.D. These new regulations may help some parents be more accountable and it will definitely help the state keep better track of the students of all ages in the New Mexico education system.
Education has always been an important part of American society. With the current economic crisis and many people losing their jobs people are realizing how important it is to have an education. General education development classes and testing for the general education diploma have experience a huge spike and are in high demand.
We recently posted an article on GED vs. High School Diploma on educationbug.org. The article reviews the requirements for both the GED and high school diploma, and discusses some new changes coming for the GED.
A high school diploma is typically preferred by most colleges and employers but many accept GED’s as the equivalent. It is recommended, if you are able to get your high school diploma that you do so. But, if you never got your high school diploma do not think it is too late. It is never too late to go back and get your General Education Diploma.