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November 23, 2008

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Candy Cook

I dropped out of high school right after I turned 17. But, it might as well have been 16 since I never went to school that year except to take tests. Passing tests and proving you know the material just isn't enough for those people. It's ridiculous. So, even though I passed tests - all the finals and even had some of the highest scores on the exit exam - I was still being held back because of busywork. Lame. So, I dropped out at 17. I went to the adult education center, I never studied.. I took the GED test and aced (with perfect scores) all of the sections except math, which I still scored exceptionally high.

I say.. just take her down and let her get her GED. In our state, you still receive lottery-funded scholarship to begin college or tech school.

Meg North

I loved this post! Now that we're in the sign of Sagittarius, I'm feeling the educational vibes out there. But anyway, I wholeheartedly believe in your answer to this poster's question, Tammy. It was the 'right' answer and the 'correct' solution to this poster's situation. I went to public school and graduated from a regular 4-year college, but I'm a novelist and could have learned all I needed with creative writing workshops and bunch of guts and perseverance. I am a true believer in self-education and self-directed learning. Paying back thousands of dollars in student loans woke me up to what is going on in the educational world. Expensive bills puts education in a horrible light and what a terrible price to pay! Lifelong learning IS an American freedom. It's easy, too. This young woman has a lot of opportunities to learn from expensive college-goers and see what she wants to do, then pursue a more direct path. I recently read the BEST definition of success: "The size of success you want to build is dependent solely upon the personal power you are willing to give. How and what a person can contribute to others is based on what he/she feels about himself/herself." No 'normal' credentials required! Thanks again, Tammy. :)

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