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Resource ID: #18020
Subject: Education
Source: Chicago Tribune Magazine
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Date: 5-Aug

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More people than ever are taking the General Education Development (GED) test in America, but some are beginning to say the 60 year-old program is becoming useless. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago (where the program was originally created during WWII) believe the test to be at an 8th-grade reading and writing level, not that of a high school equivalency. Unfortunately many employers and universities recognize the GED certificate as equal to a high school diploma, "making the GED, in effect, the nation's largest high school." Murphy investigates how the GED has become the choice for many people, ages 16 - 24; and why some researchers believe the people with a GED are more likely to break rules, drop out of college, and have a higher job turnover rate.

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