Did you achieve all you wanted to in life? Did you live your life in such a way that every decision you made from grade school on was working toward the career you would have one day? Some people plan all their young lives for the career they will have. And some don’t. Some students did the best they could and just fell through the cracks of the school system and got left behind to flounder like a fish out of water. I was one of those students who didn’t make it.
I am thankful for the adult literacy program that filled in the gaps. I am not the only one who ever fell through the cracks; I have met many people who have a similar story to mine. Many parents cannot help their children with their homework because it is beyond them. I am encouraging everyone who does not have a high school diploma to enter an adult literacy program and prepare to take your GED exam.
No one grows up thinking they’ll lack the education needed to land a career to support a family, pay a mortgage, and put all their children through school. But it happens every day. Students are still dropping out of school, or they are graduating and can’t read well enough to pass a college entrance exam. Students every day fall short in the school systems. If they don’t understand the work given to them, they may get left behind, if the parents cannot help them. If you never finished high school, and you have a child who wants to follow in your foot steps, I would suggest going to an adult learning center to get the education necessary to pass a GED test. Setting an example for your child is one of the best things a parent can do. The last thing any parent wants to hear is that their teenager dropped out of school, and justified it because you did the same thing.
In the town where I live, Winder, Georgia; there is an adult literacy program on the Lanier Technical College campus. The adult literacy program is full of students of all ages and walks of life who one day realized they did not plan well enough for their futures. To graduate from the adult learning center, students are required to complete a comprehensive plan of study to prepare for the GED exam. Upon entering, many of the students cannot read past the 9th or 10th grade level; therefore the they are tested and placed in the level appropriate for them.
I was one of those students that fell through the cracks and quit high school because I couldn’t do the work. I couldn’t help my daughter with her school work when she got up in high school. She followed in my foot steps and quit school also. Later on in life I earned my diploma and went to nursing school. I never realized my dream of being a doctor, but I did enjoy working in the nursing field. I cannot say enough about the adult literacy program. It opens doors for all those who wouldn’t have a chance without it.