GED vs. Diploma

Q. Should my child take the GED exams?

A. Although a GED credential can be earned by a homeschool graduate, HEAV does not recommend a GED for several reasons:

  1. It still carries the stigma of being a high school dropout (even if you are not);
  2. The military will not accept a person with a GED;
  3. Some employers will not consider hiring applicants with a GED, and
  4. When filling out forms, homeschoolers with a GED cannot check that they have a high school diploma.

Because homeschooling is more accepted now–accepted by the military, community colleges, four-year colleges, and employees–HEAV recommends a parent-generated diploma in lieu of a GED.


Yvonne Bunn


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