When I teach English as a Second Language at community centers, I am often asked if I am good with Math. The first time I was asked this question, I was surprised. Verb tenses, parts of speech, prepositional phrases, I expect. But math?
It turns out that many community centers also provide classes for students who plan to take the General Education Diploma (GED) test. There are many reasons why students need to take this test. Some students are immigrants, some have made mistakes when they were younger, some did not realize the importance of education when they were younger, etc.
My brother got a GED. Back in the late 60s early 70s, teachers did not know a lot about learning disabilities. Traditional schooling didn't work for him, but work and support from family, friends, and co-workers gave him the incentive for the GED.
The GED was created in 1942 through a request by the United States Armed Forces Institute. Some of the soldiers who fought in World War II joined before they got their high school diploma. The Armed Forces wanted these returning soldiers to have a way to earn these credentials to get a job or to continue their education. Click here to read more about the GED.
The test consists of four sections:
The Classrooms Without Walls website provides free resources for anyone who needs to learn English. The resources are also for teachers to use as they see appropriate. I am going to include GED-related information.
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