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There are many civic and government programs in the United States which have come up short of achieving their goals for a variety of reasons. Some have simply failed to deliver on their promises. Others have done some good, but far too little to justify the amount of money spent on them. Still others have created more problems than they have solved. However, many programs have been successful, and one of the greatest success stories is the GED program. GED technically stands for General Educational Development, although most people are more familiar with General Equivalency Diploma as the name (actually, either one is fine, and so id General Education Diploma).
The GED program started back in the 1940s, and it was created to help ensure that veterans returning from war were able to become essential productive member of society, by entering the work force or going to college to get an education. Millions of young men (and thousands of young women) had gone off to war, and many of them had done so before they had earned a high school diploma. Without some way of quickly getting these people into school or work, the nation would have had major problems on its hands. In order to avoid this, educational experts created a group of tests which became the GED battery. Passing these tests signified that a person had the same knowledge and skills as an average high school graduate in the areas of reading, writing, science, social studies and math.
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Not long after it began, the program was expanded to allow others to earn an equivalent to a high school diploma. These days, there are many different reasons for taking the GED. A person may be lacking a high school diploma because they were pregnant, they were having family problems, they were suffering from a serious illness, they were in jail, or simply because they dropped out because they found high school boring, or too difficult. Also, home schooled students often take the test as an alternative to a high school diploma. Since the GED program began, tens of millions of people have taken the tests, and some fifteen million have successfully passed and received their GED. In fact about five percent of current college student have a GED, not a high school diploma. If all these millions of people have been able to pass it, and use it as a stepping stone for a new career, the odds are good that any motivated person can do the same. If you’ve been thinking about taking the GED, but have been putting it off, these facts and figures should give you the motivation you need.
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