When the alarm goes off in the morning many of us hit the sleep button and call it a day, while others grumpily get up. This applies to many students that are stuck in the daily routine of attending school. While many are “busy” ditching school and finding excuses to miss class, others are doing their homework and doing what is necessary to get passing grades. The students not applying themselves eventually fall behind on credits and take classes and a test to obtain their GED. This is equivalent to a high school diploma. It should not be valued as so though. How can a four year diploma possibly equal a seven hour exam? A high school diploma symbolizes commitment, responsibility, and patience. A GED is simply a shortcut. Students who go to high school and obtain a diploma show they are committed. High school comes with a lot of distractions due to the age group it represents. Among these distractions are parties, drugs, gangs, and many types of relationships with peers. It can be difficult to stay focused and no get side tracked. Many students do and it reflects on their grades and attendance, but they manage to pull themselves together and commit to finishing what they
started. This builds character that can be taken into the workforce in the near future. Those who submit themselves to a GED couldn’t handle the responsibilities of secondary education.
“Those who have just a GED merely haven’t done the school assignments which a high school diploma reflects.” (http://highschool-diploma.info/2007/12/26/high-school-diploma-against-ged/). Many high schools require six to seven daily classes that can total up to about five different homework assignments. Students are put in positions where they have to choose between going to the theaters as planned, or staying home and doing school work. Responsibility is a trait that can be built with the high school experience or demolished. Ultimately, it...