Quite a few times in the past few years, I've seen disparaging references to people who have a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) rather than a regular high school diploma. I just wondered if anybody could shed light on this.
My background: In 1978 I was anxious to get the hell out of high school and into college. The summer after my Junior year, I took some correspondence courses that I thought would complete my high school credit requirements (Texas History, Trig and Pre-calc, if I recall).
Unfortunately, come autumn, I found that: a) my high school wouldn't give me credit for the correspondence courses, and wouldn't consider letting my graduate early; and b) Texas Tech wouldn't consider letting me enroll without a high school diploma, regardless of my high SATs.
I didn't fancy spending another nine months in my stupid hick Texas high school, so I just didn't go my Senior year. If I could have, I would have taken the GED immediately, but in Texas you can't do that until you're 19. (Don't ask me why.)
I ended up taking the test after we moved to Tennessee. I scored in the top 1 or 2 percentile, so I didn't feel undereducated.
So, what's wrong with a GED? Did I miss anything special by not attending 12th Grade?