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Raye - posted on 04/06/2016

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Generally at 14 the child wouldn't have the knowledge it takes to pass the GED. I live in Ohio, and the test is only available to people 18 or older or 16-17 year olds who can provide a current educational transcript (including: at least 12 months of previous enrollment in some type of school and enrollment in a diploma-granting program for at least one semester with a 75% or higher attendance rate during that semester -or- home-school curriculum that has met state requirements), a current signed/notarized parental consent form, and any supporting documentation of “good cause” for taking the test versus graduation. There is also a $120 fee (first-time takers get $80 voucher). You would have to look up the GED requirements for your state/area to know what criteria is required and if your child meets that criteria.

School is a necessary part of a young person's life to give them a chance at a good future. My advice is for her to buckle down and go to school. If she's getting bullied, then you need to address that with the school and/or teach her how to feel better about herself so she doesn't take their treatment personally. There are a lot of times in life that we must endure some temporary discomfort or hardship to gain greater future rewards. It's best she learns that now.

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Raye - posted on 04/06/2016

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Good point, Sarah. What is a 14 year old that isn't going to school, and having a hard time finding a job, going to do all day? Have you ever heard the saying "the devil makes work for idle hands"? Generally people who have nothing constructive to do get in trouble.

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