How Much is the Federal GED Bonus?

There is no federal GED bonus and that’s a shame.

But shouldn’t there be a GED bonus?  If the federal government paid someone a bonus for passing the GED, would it help?  Let’s say they paid at least $2500 as a bonus to someone passing the GED.  Would that encourage you to study, take the test, and pass it?

High School Dropouts cost Thousands of Tax Dollars

Since you’re probably a high school dropout reading this you already know the road is hard for a high school dropout.

  1. Work is hard to find without a high school degree.
  2. Even if you find work, you don’t earn as much as a high school graduate.
  3. Your dropout friends are more likely to get laid off at work, go on welfare, or sadly, end up in jail.  As a high school dropout, you hope that will never happen to you.

Kevin is a GED Success Story

During a recent corporate training class I met Kevin.

Kevin is about 25 and dropped out of Chicago high schools at age 17.  But then he passed the GED test at age 18 and the next year joined the U.S. Army.  When his Army enlistment ended, he returned to Chicago, returned to school, and works part-time jobs until he finishes junior college.

Kevin is a rock solid citizen, going to school with his military benefits, and working part-time.

If you are a high school dropout reading this blog post, you hope to be Kevin one day:  a GED success.

Why do High School Dropouts Need a GED Bonus?

I think they need a dollar bonus for passing the GED because I think it will motivate students to enroll in classes, study, schedule the GED test, and pass the GED test.  I think it will work.

The U.S. government (and state governments) waste a lot of tax dollars on programs people are too embarrassed to even discuss.  I think a GED Bonus Program would save money, lots of money in the long term.

“Won’t students drop out of high school just so they can pass the GED and get a bonus?”

I don’t think so.

Just set the GED bonus program to begin at age 25.  I don’t think anyone in their right mind will drop out of high school, suffer through 7 years of low paying jobs, just to pass the GED at age 25 and get a $2500 cash bonus.

If not Cash, How about a $2500 Tax Credit?

Now maybe some politicians don’t want to pay a high school dropout over the age of 25 $2500 to pass the GED.  I get that, I understand that.

Why not a tax credit of $2500?

When someone passes the GED test at age 25, they are given a U.S. tax credit of $2500.  What does that mean?

It means that they can deduct $2500 from their gross tax income and will be taxed on a lower rate.  For most people with a GED that will amount to about $750 to $1000 less that they need to pay in taxes.  Still, that’s real money.

Write President Obama, Write Your Congressperson

The states have no incentive to pass the GED Bonus Program.  Each state hopes high school dropouts will disappear.  They also don’t want to help someone pass the GED if they’re going to move to another state.  Ultimately, high school dropouts are invisible to most politicians.

Each person who passes the GED test costs U.S. taxpayers a whole lot less money.

And when you pass the GED test, a world of better paying jobs opens up for you.  Write or call President Obama, your U.S. senator, or your U.S. representative today:  pass a GED Bonus Bill.

Oldest GED Graduate

Who is the Oldest GED Graduate?

The answer is Eavie Eaves from Texas who was 97 years old when she passed the GED.

Here’s Eavie Eaves who passed the GED at age 97 on YouTube.

If you think you’re too old to pass the GED

…then you probably are too old.

Really, belief is everything.

Call Your Local Library Now for GED Info

If you want to know where to study for the GED in your town, the absolute best place to start is your public library.

Call or visit your local library and ask for the reference librarian.  If they’re a small library, just ask anyone for help.  Tell them you are a high school dropout looking for local GED classes.

Stop reading this article on the Oldest GED Graduate and call your local library now.  Best wishes and good luck.

What’s the most important thing in passing the GED?

Yes, what is the most important thing in passing the GED?  It is your belief that you can pass the GED.

Belief is Critical in the Learning Process

I’ve taught 10,000 adults how to use computers.  I’ve seen just about everything in teaching people how to use Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and more.

The key factor in people learning is the belief and thirst for learning.

Do you Believe you can Pass the GED?

If the answer is “yes”, you can do it.

If you walk into a GED class believing you can not pass the GED, you succeed:  at failing the GED.

When Belief in Learning meets a Thirst for Learning

For years I wanted to learn the Morse Code.  That’s the old way of communicating with dahs and dits developed by Samuel Morse in the 1830’s.  It was designed for telegraphs.

…xxx…  That mean’s SOS.  Save our Ship.  It’s an emergency signal in Morse Code.

I always wanted to learn the Morse Code.  I just was too busy.  I believed I could learn the morse code, I just never had a THIRST for learning the morse code.

But for some reason, about a month ago, I decided to learn the morse code.  That’s when belief met thirst.

Now learning the morse code is optional in my life.  But belief has met the thirst for learning.  So far I have learned about half the alphabet.  When I see a sign on the street I try to type it in morse code.  I just skip the letters I don’t know.

I carry around a morse code cheat sheet with me and learn a letter if I’m waiting in the car or driving around.  Yesterday while waiting at Chicago’s Union Station I learned the letter B:  x…

So when your belief in passing the GED becomes a thirst for passing the GED, you will be unstoppable.

How will you know when your belief in passing the GED is fueled by a thirst to pass the GED?

If you start carrying a GED study manual with you on the train to work, that’s a sign your head’s in the right place.

When you’re no longer embarrassed to read a GED book at the factory lunch table, I bet you will pass the GED.

When you ask keep a notepad with you at all times with GED questions than belief has met your thirst for passing the GED.

I’m 61 years old and I learn new things every day?

What’s your excuse?

At age 60 I taught myself how to build and to use a WordPress website.  That’s what you’re reading now.

At age 61 I am now learning Microsoft SharePoint.  I’m green as grass but learn something about SharePoint every day.

The classic excuse is this:

I’m too old to pass the GED.

If that’s what you believe, close this web page right now and go to YouTube and watch a funny video.

Here’s hoping you’ve learned the most important thing in passing the GED in this article.  Thanks for visiting my Online GED Site today.


High School Dropouts and Foreclosures

The bank foreclosed on my high school dropout neighbors a few doors down from my home.

High School Dropouts and Foreclosures

High School Dropouts, Foreclosures, and Statistics

On this blog many times I have quoted statistics about high school dropouts.  And anyone living in America in 2012 knows that a wave of foreclosures is slowing passing through the land.

But statistics are something you read in a newspaper.  But when a family drives away in small cars packed with their belongings its a sad sight.  Statistics are flesh and blood people.  Foreclosures happen to all types of families, today it happened to my high school dropout friends down the street.

Real People, Real High School Dropouts

My high school dropout neighbors were good people.  I think they lived in the house for ten years.

In good times the father watered his lawn faithfully every evening during the hot summers.  I would pass him on my way home from work and we would discuss our children.  He was a good man.  I don’t know whether or not he was a high school dropout.

The wife didn’t speak English but we waved to each other, said good morning in our own languages, and smiled.

They had four children, three boys and one girl.  Not a single boy graduated from high school.  The boys became young men and I offered every one of them my personal help in studying for the GED.  I even gave them books to study for the GED.  Perhaps the girl, now a teenager, has a chance of finishing high school.

They were all good decent people.

Are you a High School Dropout?

If you are a high school dropout leave a comment.  Tell me how you’re doing.  I can’t change your life but I’d like to know if this blog has helped you in your journey in passing the GED.

Thanks for visiting Online GED Site today.



HR 3630 – Do Republican Congressmen Hate High School Dropouts?

Are you a high school dropout?  You absolutely need to read this blog post.

This blog post passes the New York Times test.

What is my New York Times test?

Would I be proud or embarrassed if something I write were posted on the front page of the New York Times?

I stand by what I have written.  It needs to be said.

December 21, 2011 – What was HR 3630?

Remember when President Obama and the U.S. Senate were trying to extend the Social Security tax cut for one more year?  I don’t care to debate the good or bad of continuing the social security “tax break” which reduced the social security tax by 2% for 2011.

The U.S. Senate in December 2011 passed a bill extending the social security tax cut by another 2 months beginning January 1, 2012.  Why they decided on 2 months I still don’t know.  But the U.S. House of Representatives disagreed and passed HR 3630 extending the social security tax cut by 12 months but also throwing some unsavory clauses into HR 3630.

After some political maneuverings by President Obama and the U.S. Senate, House Speaker John Boehner reconvened the U.S. House of Representatives and they passed the Senate’s bill replacing their own HR 3630.

You’re a high school dropout, why should you care about HR 3630 passed by a Republican U.S. House of Representatives and later replaced?

A Republican congressman or congresswoman inserted a high school dropout penalty into HR 3630.

 Read HR 3630 – High School Dropouts not Eligible for Unemployment

Outrageous.  Without allocating a single dime to providing GED classes, the Republican U.S. House of Representatives decided that high school dropouts would not qualify for unemployment.  Download HR 3630 yourself and read page 29.

For purposes of this paragraph, an individual shall not be considered to have met the minimum educational requirements of this subparagraph  unless such individual has earned a high school diploma;  (ii) has earned the General Educational Development (GED) credential or other State recognized equivalent (including by meeting recognized alternative standards for individuals.

Here’s my simple translation in plain English:

Fired or laid off workers won’t receive unemployment compensation unless they have at least a high school degree or a GED.

What Republican congressman or congresswoman inserted the high school dropout clause into the now failed HR 3630?

Did I mention, I’m a Chicago Independent?  I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

The Republican U.S. House of Representatives tore up HR 3630 within 48 hours and passed the same bill the U.S. Senate passed.  Voters were upset at the U.S. House blocking the 2 month extension of the social security tax reduction.

Now Republican congressman are enjoying their New Year break as they’re back home shaking hands, drinking eggnog, and watching football games on TV.

December 28, President Obama Signs Social Security Tax Holiday Two Month Extension

After the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives tore up their flawed HR 3630 bill (denying unemployment compensation to high school dropouts) they voted in favor of the two month extension of the social security tax holiday (2 per cent reduction).

On December 28, President Obama signed the Social Security Payroll Tax Holiday Extension into law.

What do laws, failed legislation and crimes sometimes have in common?  No Fingerprints.

When Presidents, Senators and Congressman are proud of legislation, they quickly step forward to take credit for their laws.

But sometimes, just like a crime, it’s hard to tell who passed a law or inserted a clause into failed legislation.  It’s hard finding any fingerprints.

I want to know what Republican congressman or congresswoman inserted a “high school dropout” clause into the failed HR 3630 bill.  Why on earth would you deny unemployment to someone who had worked a job, his/her employer had paid money into unemployment funds, but that person hadn’t finished high school?

My Parents were High School Dropouts

If my parents were alive and unemployed, neither one of them would have qualified for unemployment if the Republican HR 3630 had passed.  I don’t know about my father but my mother left Germany to come to America when she was 16.  She had no high school degree.  If dad had a high school degree, I never heard about it.

My dad was a painter contractor who worked hard all the time.    Jobs for painters are hard to find in wintertime so my dad would do other things deep into Winter.  He worked on our 2 flat in Skokie, IL or he worked on the 6 flat in Chicago, Illinois.  Dad and I would shovel a lot of sidewalks in Winter.

I have no idea if my parents received unemployment compensation back in the 1960’s.  All I know is that my mom made more pancakes and German spaghetti in Winter than during any other time of the year.  We ate well, thanks to mom always making some extra money around Christmas sewing for rich people.

Here’s hoping the stingy House Republicans who tried to deny high school dropouts unemployment compensation with their failed HR 3630 will re-think their foolishness for 2012.  If you’re a high school dropout, you have more incentive than ever to pass your GED test in 2012.

Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful 2012.

Do you believe you can pass the GED?

Belief is everything.  It all begins with a belief.

Changing a Buick LeSabre’s Light Bulb by Myself

Although my Dad was a janitor and my Mother a seamstress, I was taught from an early age to go to college.  I learned how to paint with my Dad but was never mechanical.  I can’t change a light switch, I changed the oil in my car only once, I’ve never fixed a leaky faucet.

I wish I could.

But today I decided I wasn’t paying the oil change guys to change my 2002 Buick LeSabre’s light bulb for the 5th time.  How tough can it be to change a car’s headlight bulb?  (Honestly, I saw a guy do this during a party this weekend.)

I believed I could change my car’s light bulb.

I drove to a car supply place during the lunch hour, spoke with the nice young man behind the counter, told him I wanted to learn how to change a light bulb on my car.  And he taught me how to do it.  I did half of it myself.  Tomorrow I’ll do the other light bulb just for practice.

You’re Laughing Because You Can Change  a Car’s Lightbulb

OK, I don’t mind if you laugh.  You’re a guy who has changed light bulbs in cars since you were 14.  Or, you’re a gal who can do it.

You know  you can change a light bulb.

What’s the Circumference of a Circle with a Radius of 9 ?

So, are you still laughing?  I was taught the formula for calculating the circumference (distance around a circle) given a radius (length from midpoint of circle to its outside edge) when I was a freshman in high school.  Do you remember the formula?

More importantly, do you believe you can learn and remember that basic geometry fact about circles?

Remember, belief is everything.

  1. If you don’t know what circumference or radius mean you can look them up using Google.  Not too tough.
  2. Finding the formula for a circumference might be harder.  Knowing how to search on Google might be more difficult.  Or, you could use a good old fashioned geometry book to find the answer.

Circumference = 2 π r

In plain English, if you know the radius of a circle, you can calculate its circumference.

  1. Remember, I already told you the radius of the circle is 9.
  2. Multiply 2 times the radius.  That’s 18.  Why?  Because some Greeks 3000 or so years ago came up with that math rule, that’s why.
  3. Multiply 18 times 3 1/7.  Why 3 1/7 you ask?  Because 3 1/7 is equal to the funny symbol π which equals 3 1/7.  Once again, the Greeks figured this out 3000 years ago when they worked out Geometry for you.  So 18 times 3 1/7 = 40.
  4. So, if the radius of a circle is 9, the circumference of that circle is 40.

 I Believed I could Lose Weight with Weight Watchers

I believed it and I did it.  I’m 40 pounds lighter than last year.  My weight loss has slowed because I’m not believing I can lose ten more pounds.  Again, belief is the difference.

Have you ever Believed You Could do Something, and Did It?

OK, you’re a high school dropout.

  • You believed you could become a Burger King manager, and you did.
  • Alex across the alley from me has rebuilt a 1973 VW Beatle, he probably doesn’t have a high school degree.
  • My mother never graduated from high school (she came from Germany to the U.S. in 1936 at the age of 16), believed she could learn English, and went to school to learn sewing in her 30’s.  She was a great seamstress.

 Do you believe you can Pass the GED?

If you believe it, honest to goodness, you can do it.  I can tell you How to Pass the GED.  But first, you need to believe it yourself.



High School Dropout Penalties

I was shocked when I saw this article on the Internet.

Woman Charged “Dropout Fee” in Applying for Drivers License

Are you kidding me?  The State of North Carolina charges high school dropouts a penalty when they apply for license?  See for the entire article.

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles charged her an extra $50 because her state record showed that she never graduated high school.

Apparently North Carolina charges all high school dropouts this $50 fee.  What other states charge such ridiculous fees?

High School Drop Out Mixup

It gets worse. 

The woman charged extra for her drivers license in North Carolina, Hillary Leath, was actually a high school graduate.  Again, read the entire article at .  Hillary Leath graduated from high school, her high school mis-identified her as a high school dropout, and then that high school dropout record followed her to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.  How is that fair?

 What’s next, debtor’s prison for high school dropouts?

Charging someone an extra fee for being a high school dropout when they apply for a North Carolina drivers license seems unfair.  Hugely unfair.

It reminds me of the debtor prisons of the 1800’s and before.  People, even people in the U.S. or Great Britain, could be imprisoned for their non-payment of debt.  How was that ever fair?  Wikipedia has an article about debtor prisons.

How to Pass the GED

No one should ever be penalized for being a high school dropout.  It’s just not right.

But if you are a high school dropout, take one positive step today.  Visit how to pass the GED , purchase my ebook, and take your first steps in passing the GED.

How do you advise a high school dropout?

Someone found my website searching for this phrase on the Internet…

How do you advise a high school dropout?

Advice Comes in Two Flavors

Unwanted and wanted.

Unwanted Advice for High School Dropouts

How do you feel when you receive unwanted advice?

You need to lose some weight.

That dress doen’t look good on you.

You need to stop drinking, it’s ruining your life.

Has anyone given you unwanted advice?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you listen or hate the advisor?

I’m not an advisor in a high school, or a social worker, but I do know something about teaching and learning.

The path to helping someone learn isn’t some magical teaching technique (or maybe it is).  The best path to helping someone learn is creating an environment where they want to learn.  I don’t know who first said this:

A great teacher doesn’t force someone to learn.  A great teacher makes someone thirsty for learning.  Then it’s much easier.

So if you’re looking to forcibly advise someone who is a high school dropout (your daughter, nephew, the young man who lives two houses away from you), don’t give them your advice.

I’ve never met anyone yet who accepted and followed unwanted advice.

High School Dropouts who Want Advice

This is different.  You can talk with someone, engage them in conversation, listen to them.

Then ask them if you can offer some advice.

If they say “Yes”, you’re having a great day.  If a high school dropout wants advice, what kind of advice will you give him?

Dropouts have low Self Esteem, Give them Hope

There, I said it.

You’re probably a high school dropout reading this blog.  And I just insulted you, or did I?

I have taught over 10,000 adults how to use computers (mainly college and high school graduates, perhaps a few high school dropouts in that group).  What’s the biggest problem you face when you teach adults how to use computers?  Low self esteem.

College graduates are more sophisticated in the classroom then high school graduates when learning computers.  College graduates are accustomed to hiding their fears in class.  You never show fear in a classroom.

But I came to know that the greatest fear of college graduates learning computers was probably the biggest fear of high school dropouts:  a fear of math.

What kind of advice would I give high school dropouts?

This example and advice is based on my experience with a Chicago high school dropout (name withheld).

The young man has high verbal skills and carries on great conversations when we meet.  He does feel sad that he fell behind academically at a local high school and then dropped out.   I don’t know his writing skills but I do know that he feels inadequate about GED math (many people do).

My advice to the young man?

  1. You have excellent verbal skills, if you had a high school degree you could find a job involving customers or sales.
  2. Your basic math facts seem OK (I’ve literally asked him to do multiplication facts for me).  I think you need help with applied math and “word problems”.
  3. Take the GED practice test I gave you for math.  Face your fear, your math skills may not be as bad as you think.
  4. I have faith in you.  There is no doubt in my mind that you could not only pass the GED with proper study, but that you could also earn an Associates Degree at a junior college.

I meant every word of advice I gave the young man.

How do you advise a high school dropout?

  1. Give them advice if they seem open to the idea.
  2. Don’t lie to the high school dropout about his/her situation.
  3. Help them focus on their strengths, that will encourage them.
  4. Ask them to commit to action, today.

How do you advise a high school dropout?  With honesty and an affirming nature.

 Thanks for visiting my online GED  site today, I hope my advice was useful.





My son or daughter wants to get a GED

Every day I see parents searching and finding my blog, looking for advice regarding their children.  Here’s my advice after writing and maintaining this blog for almost 18 months.

You are a Resourceful Parent, so be Resourceful

Sadly, the parents of criminal teenagers or habitually truant high school students probably aren’t looking for GED advice on the Internet.

Educated parents with resources use the Internet, searching for GED advice for their sons and daughters.  So here’s my advice.

Choose a GED from a Position of Strength

 Perhaps your son or daughter is pushing you to let them drop out of high school.

Mom, Dad, I’ll get the GED later.  The test is pretty easy.  It’s not a problem.

If your son or daughter is bright, well educated, perhaps the test will be easy for them.  But if tests are so easy, why is your daughter or son trying to drop out of high school?  Have you identified their problems in high school and faced those problems with your teenager?

  1. Pregnant daughter – If your daughter has the child, federal law (Title IX) entitles her to the same education others receive regardless of her gender.
  2. Bullied teenager – If your son or daughter is being bullied at school, have you used every resource at that school to punish/discipline the bullies and take your son or daughter out of harm’s way?
  3. Truant – If your son or daughter is habitually late or absent from high school, there’s a reason.  Do you know that reason?
  4. Criminal behavior – Again, do you know why your son or daughter is acting out with criminal behavior?  What are the causes?

Does your teenager have a valid reason for getting a GED instead of staying in high school?  I’ve read of a star baseball player who decided to drop out of high school and pass the GED so he could begin his baseball career a year or two early.  He was an exception.  But his parents and he had a positive alternative reason for his passing the GED.

The young baseball phenom chose passing the GED as a method to speed up his professional career.

Yes, I have Kids

Anyone reading this will ask, “Does he have kids?”.

Yes, I have two grown children ages 23 and 25.  Strong kids, bright, college graduates.

But that doesn’t mean they were perfect teenagers.  There were some bumps in the road, some scary nights when one child came home late on a weekend, or not at all.

All I know is that my wife and I always had good communication with our teenagers.  They always listened to a good discussion from their parents at the dining room table.  I love my kids dearly.

Why does your son or daughter want to take the GED?

If your son or daughter has a valid plan for dropping out of high school and passing the GED, why not listen to their alternative?

Just make sure your teenager’s GED plan is made from a position of strength, not a desperate alternative made because of weakness.



GED Math is my Nightmare

I emailed over 100 people two weeks ago asking them this question.

What is the one thing that is stopping you from passing the GED?

The answers came back and it was clear that GED math is a nightmare for some people.
I emailed each person who emailed me with advice similar to what you see below.

GED Math Advice

  1. Join a good GED class and get some good instruction.  Most people cannot pass the GED just studying on their own.
  2. Purchase a GED Test preparation book on Amazon.  Sit down, and take the entire math pre-tests.  Then use the answers in the book to analyze your math strengths and weaknesses.
  3. In Iowa, GED students don’t take the GED test until they have passed a pre-test.  If you can pass a pre-test, you can pass the real test.

Facing Your GED Nightmare

When my daughter was 3 or 4 years old she had nightmares.  I can remember my advice perfectly, as if it was yesterday.  It was over 20 years ago.

She said monsters scared her at night in her dreams.  This is what I told her.

It’s your dream Claire.  When the monsters come in your dreams tell them to leave.  Tell them its your dream, not theirs.

The next morning she awoke and smiled.

Daddy, it worked.  I told the monsters to leave my dream and they did.

This is one of my fondest memories of my daughter and I together.

If math is your GED “monster” you need to face it and tell it to leave your dream of passing the GED.  Everyone has faced an intellectual monster.  I struggled through pre-calculus when I was in college.  Math is just a “monster” that many people have faced (high school dropouts to college graduates included).

Honestly, if GED math is your nightmare, face it squarely and banish it from your dream of passing the GED.

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