- The GED: Private Property, Public Good
The GED: Public Good or Private Sector Trove?
I have taught high school equivalency students for many years, and it is my impression that the GED Testing Service has always been run by the American Council on Education, a private company, albeit nonprofit. The only difference I see here is that now the home company will be based in another country, and that the price for testing will increase.
Through the years I have seen changes in the GED test, such as addition of the essay, elimination of reading passages about the humanities, addition of discrete questions, changes in essay scoring, and more of an emphasis on business skills. These changes have been made on the whim of ACE, and I expect that changes such as these will continue.
Having alternatives to the GED test for the attaining of an equivalency diploma may seem like a good idea. However, in spite of many objections to some of the changes to the test that have been made in the past, this is a test that is recognized nationally by colleges and businesses. This is an advantage that should not be diluted by making the degree easier to attain intellectually. An emphasis should be made to help fund the test for those who need help paying for it.
We must unite for the sake of our future leaders. Unfortunately our communities have too many disconnected youth and young adults who should be taking their and many who are trying to prepare for their GED, We can not allow private sector to come in and control peoples future. this type of madness is what has this county in the condition that it is with the economy. Our city and state officials must do what it takes to support the future college students, who will be dependents of the state or future supporters of the state. i vote for the latter!
It seems that we have turned education over to the very forefathers that the US was trying to get away from. Are we going backwards. Could not the U.S. Department of Education create a unified way for U.S. Citizens to receive a H.S. diploma or a completion of high school. They should allow people to attend college, and after successfully completing 35 credits you should be able to earn your h.s. diploma along with your college credits. There really is no need for the GED, especially if its been outsourced. Not only are we failing children, but it continues with adulthood. How can anyone have the opportunity to rebuild and recover. I guess Common Core didn't think about Adult Education, because then we would have start grading city college professors and city colleges on testing. What grades do colleges receive around their co-horts? Do their graduation rates hurt them, the way it hurts NYC high schools? I guess to look for a solution that doesn't support the 1% is a fantasy.
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