High school dropouts need to stick together.
Life is getting harder for High School Dropouts
I’ve been writing this blog for almost one year now. And, I see three factors working against high school dropouts.
- Funding for GED studies being cut back all across the nation.
- Work has officially begun on making the GED test harder.
- The Federal Government itself discriminates against dropouts.
Funding cutbacks for GED training
I spend a lot of time on Twitter following educational trends. I also receive daily Google Alerts on “GED” and “high school dropouts”. All I can tell you is that as state’s are trying to trim their costs and balance their budgets, GED study programs are losing money.
I can’t imagine any state cutting back on GED test programs. They still test for the GED. But funding for GED study programs at non-profits, libraries, and community colleges is shrinking.
A Harder GED test in 2012
Is the GED Test Getting Tougher? Yes it is.
The GED® Testing Service Receives $3 Million Grant From MetLife Foundation to improve the GED test. The harder GED test will be developed over a 3 year period beginning 2011.
Do we need a harder GED test?
- Employers say yes because they want a greater assurance that a GED diploma is valuable, and the worker better educated.
- Educators involved in the project say “yes”. Wouldn’t you? Educators rarely turn down money for valid projects. But this doesn’t include the thousands of GED tutors who will be asked to prepare millions of high school dropouts to a higher GED test standard.
- President Obama’s administration favors this GED test improvement.
But no one probably asked the high school dropouts if they wanted to prepare for a more difficult, more challenging GED test.
Does the Federal Government Discriminate against Dropouts
Yes, in a way it does discriminate.
- The U.S. Army is making it much harder for people with a GED to enlist in the army. If you thought you could dropout of high school and enlist in the U.S. Army, those days are over.
- Federal Job Programs discriminate against dropouts. You can’t sue them for this discrimination, but it’s still real. How do they discriminate? Providers of job training programs funded by the Federal Government prefer high school graduates over dropouts because high school graduates tend to complete job training more than high school dropouts. It’s a numbers game.
Dropouts need to stick together
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, about 30 million adults over the age of 18 do not have a high school diploma. For all the reasons in this article, high school dropouts need to stick together and seek political power.