American Radio Works "Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED"

American Radio Works "Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED"

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 9:00pm

Caption: Studying for the GED at an adult education school in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Emily Hanford

Today's workers need more education and skills than ever before. But 39 million adults in the United States don't have even the most basic credential: a high school diploma. Many hope their ticket to a better job is passing a test called the GED. But critics say the test is too easy and hardly the equivalent of a high school education. This American Radio Works episode, Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED, documents how the GED – originally designed to help World War II veterans go to college – became the fallback option for millions of high school dropouts. It explores how the GED is changing and what those changes mean for millions of Americans being left behind by our changing economy. Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED airs Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.

This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate project to educate the community on the dropout problem, rally support to get the community involved, and help provide pathways to community resources to address the problem. To learn more visit our website.

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