Read more about the author here. This post is based on the community work and writing that the author has been doing in WR 122 at Portland Community College. The piece of public writing is loosely based on a research question and research collection the author developed. The public writing is a chance to use one’s writing to become part of the larger community dialogue about issues in the chosen theme.
My research question when approaching my research was, what are some major repercussions for missing out on a diploma/GED and what might prevent someone from obtaining it? My research is made up of various articles about some general information involving the GED program. My public writing piece is just my response to some of the information as well as my general opinions with education.
The Public Writing
General Education Development
Having a high school diploma or a GED is very important in many aspects of life. It can have an impact on your self confidence, the ability to get a job, and also just having more general knowledge about the things around you. Like everything else in the world, they are constantly looking for ways to improve or change the GED program (Gewertz).
In theory, a student who drops out of high school (whether going through a rough time in life or it just wasn’t working out) will come to their senses hopefully not too long after and enroll in a GED program. With approximately 6 million students leaving high school without a diploma every year this is a problem (Tyler). Far more people should be going back to obtain their GED. In 2004, approximately 39 million people had not completed high school or were not enrolled in any GED program (GED).
One thing that teens like to do, especially high school students, is drink alcohol. But how much of an effect does this have on their eventual academic performance and potential graduation? A study conducted in 1996 showed that a 10 percent increase in the frequency of alcohol consumption decreases your chance of graduating by 6.5 percent (Renna). Another study in 1993 showed that high school dropouts were over 6 times more likely to develop an alcohol dependency than those who continued through school and graduated (Renna).
There are many choices you can make in high school and unfortunately not everybody can make the good ones. In my volunteering I have been tutoring people at a GED program. I am very satisfied by this because higher education is the best and safest route to success in this world. I am glad to help people understand things that they wouldn’t have otherwise. There are many factors that may go into the reasons a student drops out of high school and sometimes it is inevitable. A GED is a huge stepping stone to an individual’s success and is something that should be a priority for everybody.
Authors note: I learned a lot throughout my research. The most significant thing I learned is probably how many people currently do not have a high school diploma or equivalent GED. This is a growing problem in our country and one that cannot get any worse.
Tag words: education, GED, high-school, drop-out, diploma, graduate
GED participation, success rates continue upward climb in 2004.” Report on Literacy Programs 18.7
(2006): 53. Academic OneFile. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.
Gewertz, Catherine. “GED Revision Opens Path to Higher Education.” Education Week, n.d. Web. 13
Renna, Francesco. “Teen’s Alcohol Consumption and Schooling.” Economics of Education
Tyler, John, and Magnus Lofstrom. “Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education
for School Dropouts?” Economics of Education Review, n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.