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GED History – LBJ and The War on Poverty

The GED® (General Education  Development) program was established as a program for returning WW II veterans in the early forties of the last century. But it was in 1947 that the state of New York decided to allow civilians to sit for the GED test as well. Around 1970, all of the 50 states were making use of the GED program for their High School Equivalency testing programs. The application of the GED program increased dramatically in the 1960s, driven largely by the growth of social welfare programs promoted by President Lyndon B. Johnson. And here you can read also about GED courses.

Under President Johnson (LBJ), the Job Corps program was established, and together with a series of other federal programs, Johnson started his “War on Poverty”. GED test certification became very popular in order to generate high school graduates. A lot of prisons started to encourage inmates to start their GED programs, and high school dropouts could be eligible for government support by signing up for the GED program. By the early 1980’s, almost 15 percent of all high school qualifications awarded in America were GED test diplomas. Source: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/education/ged-was-never-meant-be-second-chance-diploma

Learn more about LBJ here

  • Lyndon B. Johnson – Democrat – President: 1963-1969
  • Born: Aug. 27, 1908, near Johnson City, Texas
  • Nickname: “LBJ”.

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Legacy in Education, LBJ’s War On Poverty

He declares [the reasons of poverty will probably lie] “in not having enough education and schooling, insufficient medical care, inappropriate housing, and insufficient adequate communities to live in.” These were the real-life enemies, and LBJ knew very well how to handle enemies: You needed to destroy them. This was Johnson’s vision: helping the disadvantaged to help themselves.

Job Corps – U.S. Department of Labor

Job Corps is, in fact, America’s largest career technical training and education program. It is geared towards adults who are between 16 and 25 years old and is a  U.S. Department of Labor program. Job Corps was established in 1964 and provides hands-on training and education to some 60,000 students every year in the fastest growing career fields in the U.S.

Job Corps is going a long way to assist in protecting our environment and is experienced in connecting students with companies and organizations in their surrounding communities by using environmentally conscious training and education. Job Corps is getting students ready for an environmentally friendly economy by means of green education and training in the industrial areas of advanced manufacturing, automotive and construction.

Popularization of the GED exam: Today’s GED test after 4 makeovers

The GED diploma is one of the most popular recognized High School Equivalency certificates in the nation. Since the beginning of 2014, there are two alternatives available in the U.S., the TASC, and the HiSET. TheHSE (high school equivalency) diploma is accepted by employers, state and federal governmental institutions, and by colleges and universities. The GED, HiSET, and TASC programs allow graduates to get better employment opportunities and get a college education after they dropped out of high school.
GED Testing Service is the official GED organization. Source: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/history