As the only high school diploma equivalency tests accepted by all 50 states, changes to GED has a huge impact on the millions of people who hope to earn credentials equivalent to a high school diploma. This is particularly onerous on the poor.
Most high school dropouts don't end up with successful careers in Hollywood. I was lucky. Compared with high school graduates, dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty or on public assistance.
By the very act of forcing the dialogue, Obama has led us on a crucial and courageous first step toward a better and more equitable bargain -- not just for the middle class and the millions of students who can't afford to attend college, but for the nation.
Possession of a college degree today is as important as holding a high school diploma was a century ago. Today, undergraduate education should be open to all those academically qualified -- and at no cost. Public education must be truly public up at least through the bachelor's degree.
With a new mayor to be elected this year, who will take over in 2014, the city stands poised to take a much more aggressive effort to make its CTE programs not merely adequate, but to take a role as the innovation leader in the nation.
The new GED test has the potential to leave thousands of D.C. adults behind. The price of the GED will effectively make it inaccessible for those who need it the most: low-income and low-skilled adults.
The valedictorian of the class, a native of a Zulu village, had never held a book in her hands prior to attending the Academy: She had only held single pages or chapters ripped from books that were shared amongst villagers.
U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.