ANSWERS: 15
  • Its always a good thing to educate yourself.
  • If you don't have a HS diploma, it is a great idea compared to having no education at all. It will allow you to qualify for more jobs and possibly college or trade schools that you cannot qualify for without a diploma or GED.
  • Yes. It will allow you to apply for jobs you are already qualified for - but without the GED you are automatically excluded from.
  • It really depends on your situation. Here are two examples of a situation, in which a GED may be a better option: 1) Lets says your 17 years old, someone in your family recently died and you need to work full time to bring in money for the family, and can not handle school at the same time. 2) Lets say you ended up in the hospital for an extended period of time, and then get out after a year or two, and end up being 19 or 20.. a bit old for a Public School Student. So if your situations vaugely resemble either of those, then yes. Anyone who is over 21 should obviously get a GED, if they didn't graduate high school. Remember, it is not the equivlent of high school, you will never learn all the facts about subjects in high school by studying for your GED, however, you wont need most of them anyway. Tell me more about your situation. I am great with logic and can help you out. James
  • For crying out loud....at least try to get a high school diploma in this world. What is so difficult about that? I don't really know what - beyond helping to support a family at 16 has caused some children to need to quit school. But you really need to finish school at least to have some sense of integrity and a sense of education. At this rate, what will be next? Grammar school drop-outs?
  • honestly, everyone thinks getting a GED is a bad thing. its a decision between your teenager and you(parent). I'm 16 and I hate school. Just like your daughter(anonymous), I'm very bored with school and I'm not really outgoing. I dont talk to anyone in school and I want to go to cosmetology school also. In my state, you are eligible to get into the beauty school if you have a GED. You just work early.
  • Yes getting a GED is a great idea, it opens up a lot of doors and allows for much more opportunities.
  • Here is my take on it: 1) If you're going to drop out and do nothing with your life (and the people that tend to rationalize dropping out WILL do nothing with their lives because they do not learn to suck it up and get through a tough time), then don't waste taxpayer's money on the GED because we need to save our money to support you down the road. 2) If you plan to earn minimum wage all your life and complain about never being able to get a break, then get the GED. It will give you enough* ammunition to play the 'Whoa is me card' down the road when you're just not getting that management position with the GED even though you could "work circles around that asshole" who took "your job". 3) Or, you could be like me. I was 16 and bored as hell in school rocking a 4.0 GPA (couldn't go higher or it would have been) and acing everything that high school put in front of me. So I went to my Dad and said, "Pops, (I called him Dad usually, but when I thought I knew better I was a dick.) sign this paper so I can drop out of school and get my GED. I've been accepted into Macon Jr. College and I want to do that instead of high school." He quickly reminded me he didn't have to do a GD thing I asked and told me to go back to high school. I asked him why he said that. He replied that I was only 16 and didn't know my ass from a hole in the ground no matter how smart I thought I was. Stay in school. *As an aside, I misspelled enough eoungh and Word recommended bunghole! WTF?
  • What i find very amusing is that all the people thats saying "stay in school""don't get your GED"( general equivalency diploma ), are people that graduated high school, didn't have problems in school, and most importantly didn't get their GED. How can you give honest advice about something you know nothing about or haven't experienced for yourself. I am seventeen turning eighteen in Bklyn, NY. Why should i spend another year in the 12th grade for seven elective classes when i passed English, History, Math, Science, Second Language, Art, Music, and PE. It makes no sense. When my friend came to the conclusion that she didn't want to turn nineteen in high school; she got her GED, when everyone was telling her no to, an instead of being in high school right now she's getting ready to start fall term for NYC Tech college. I guess every ones entitled to their own opinion; but why want an opinion when you can have facts. ;)
  • First of all,I find it very upsetting that people are so critical of GEDs. I know several people who have gone on to live very successful lives and just happen to have GEDs. My father, for example, got his GED at 16 and then went on to create his own company and product line which in now incredibly successful. The money he makes is enough fir us to live very comfortably and have plenty of extra spending money. I myself have my GED as well and I am currentlty attending art school in California, on my way to a BA in Fine Arts. GEDs do not mean failure. Sure, some of the people that have gotten them didn't amount to much, but there are alot of people that did. Not every person aspires to be Donald Trump. Some people, myself included, just want a career that provides enough for living comfortably, and maybe a little extra on the side. If you are considering getting a GED, my best advice is to consider where you want to go in the future and what you will need to get there. If a GED won't hinder you on your path to wherever you're going, and you have support in the decision (support is a very important part of the process), then I say go ahead! But make sure you make the decision carefully. It will have a big impact on your life.
  • Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but it's always a good idea to step into somebody's shoes before judging.A GED is just as beneficial as a HS diploma.Some may think that a HS graduate can accomplish more than a person with a GED diploma but the truth of the matter is - hand a person a HS diploma, and hand the other a GED diploma- after it's given,it's the dedication towards the future that counts.Never let people set goals for you, set goals for yourself, and if a GED is a goal you can meet, then go for it! People tend to talk crap and try an put others down, geeze is that what they're tought in school? Im 18 and aspire to be successful after getting my GED and continuing college. Before you have the nerve to tell me to EDUCATE myself, how bout you learn some manners and respect people not for who they are, but for who they're becoming.-EDUCATE YOURSELF.
  • geeze! seriously! Is work and a JOB all that matters in adult life??? I say go to school, REAL school, not GED, not homeschool, not homestudies, not charter, but PUBLIC or private school! Let them go to real school so that your kid can be a real teenager (not just age, but a real teenage life), have friends, create good memories, have fun you can only have as a teenager, have friends to go to stuff before they get too old, like the circus, carnival, skating ring, and all the other places they'd be too old to go to once they turn 18. As you can tell by all the answers here on getting a GED, adult life is all about getting a job. Nothing else. Adult life is boring. Once they turn 18, life is just work.
  • I am seventeen turning 18 in a few months here. I am completely annoyed with school and I need 3.5 credits to graduate. I *may* have been able to double up previous years and graduate a bit early, but the school I go to is making me take 7 classes. That's 3 more people than I need to complain about me not doing their homework, etc. Because in all reality, I don't need to because their class is not important. I am fed up with school to the extreme... I want to drop out and get my GED. However, the more I think about it, the more I decide not to. I have what? 30 weeks of school left! I went through 13 years of school and I can deal with 30 weeks. Also I look at it as a runaway. I have social anxiety and school is the hardest thing in my entire life. Once high school passes, there's no more of this drama and aggravation. College will not be as bad, especially if I take time off. I want to pursue business management and I highly doubt that anyone would let me be a manager of a business with a GED. (I don't mean to look down at anyone, but seriously...) The one with the GED or the one with a high school NYS Regents With Distinction diploma? That's a level 3 of 4 levels diploma. Next step is the W/Distinction Honors. Keep her in school no matter how much she hates it (looks at myself). No one is making me stay in school, I am doing it, because it WILL better me in the future!
  • I am seventeen turning 18 in a few months here. I am completely annoyed with school and I need 3.5 credits to graduate. I *may* have been able to double up previous years and graduate a bit early, but the school I go to is making me take 7 classes. That's 3 more people than I need to complain about me not doing their homework, etc. Because in all reality, I don't need to because their class is not important. I am fed up with school to the extreme... I want to drop out and get my GED. However, the more I think about it, the more I decide not to. I have what? 30 weeks of school left! I went through 13 years of school and I can deal with 30 weeks. Also I look at it as a runaway. I have social anxiety and school is the hardest thing in my entire life. Once high school passes, there's no more of this drama and aggravation. College will not be as bad, especially if I take time off. I want to pursue business management and I highly doubt that anyone would let me be a manager of a business with a GED. (I don't mean to look down at anyone, but seriously...) The one with the GED or the one with a high school NYS Regents With Distinction diploma? That's a level 3 of 4 levels diploma. Next step is the W/Distinction Honors. Keep her in school no matter how much she hates it (looks at myself). No one is making me stay in school, I am doing it, because it WILL better me in the future!
  • School is so boring. I am not even motivated to do anything anymore and I have 2 As and 1 B. Maybe if they made school more enjoyable I would continue with it. But I want to just drop out, get my ged and move on with life. Plus, what I don't get is that my friend can take yearbook class (which is like 1/3 of the school day) and basic math, and the rest of the basic classes for 4 yrs of high school and she is going to graduate in a few months! But for me I have to take 3 more maths eventhough I have all of my math credits, which are trig, pre calc. and algebra 4. BORING. and chemistry and spanish 2. total BS when my friend has not been forced to take hard classes to graduate but i have. And she has failed way more classes than I have! what is up with that? Hey, but we do have different counselers. That could be the reason.

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