1) The need to report to some sniveling government bureaucrat for two extra years.
For example: My children were accepted to college at the ages of 13, 12, and 13. Even though they were in **college**, I was still required to hand in time consuming portfolios of their work every 6 months. The unctuous earth worm ( Ph.D.) accepting these portfolios would **not** accept an official transcript from the community college as proof that they were being adequately educated.
2) Many states will use this mandate to raise the minimum age for taking the GED to 18 or higher. In Maryland at the time we lived there, the age was 16. Passing this exam would have immediately made my children available for state university scholarships and aid. We moved to a different state and there the age for taking the GED was 18. Well!...Two of my kids were **finished** with their B.S. degrees in mathematics by the age of 18 and there were state or federal government scholarships available for them!
If children are denied access to scholarships, then more children will remain in the government schools just to qualify for them.
It even effects those applying to the military, whose rules vary from year to year. At times just having a GED was enough. Other times, some community college was needed if one did not have an official high school diploma. If the GED age is 18, then scholarships for those community college courses will be withheld from the younger student.
The GED and high school drop-out age are closely tied in many states. In my opinion, any child of any age who passes the GED should be given an official diploma from their local high school. All children should be able to pass it to graduate. ( Nearly all would fail.) And...All teachers should take the GED every three years, if they fail they should be fired.( Most would fail the mathematics section.)
This is ridiculous!
I graduated from a public High School at age 17.
(simply by virtue of a late b’day, not superior intellect)
If the requirement is “graduation” what does “age” have to do with anything?
Now, if you suggest the states may further encumber “graduation” requirements, that is a different story and should be slammed at the state and local level.
unctuous earth worms work for somebody and a public pounding is a suitable alternative.
I recognize your frustration, but it is the implementation of Obamas “words” that require scrutiny.
As usual, the words are delivered with butter, but is his intent that must be suspect.
Mike and I were in Park Jr. High Chess Club, back in the 60’s, I’ll try again to contact him to see how we can help.
Mike Farris, I should clarify, since there are two “Mike’s” in the article.
That was 1965/66.....
He was 2 years ahead of me.