ERIC Number: EJ822289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-10
Reference Count: 0
Armed with a GED
Cech, Scott J.
Education Week, v28 n15 p20-23 Dec 2008
This is not an average classroom. All of the 15 students in the English class Christin M. Bradshaw is teaching on a late-October afternoon are dressed identically in desert fatigues and combat boots. All the young men have uniform buzz cuts. Outside, there is the faint popping of distant rifle practice and the shouted commands of drill sergeants marching platoons of soldiers in lock step. This is, after all, a classroom on an active-duty military installation--part of the 4-month-old pilot Army Preparatory School at Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's largest training base. This article reports on the school's distinctiveness which doesn't end with the salutes and other martial emblems of its setting. So far, 99 percent of the roughly 400 soldiers who have attended the school have earned a General Educational Development (GED) credential. That passing rate is markedly better than for the U.S. population at large that takes part in the GED program. It is also better than the national high school graduation rate. Although no one suggests it would be possible to replicate a military-operated campus at a public school, educators both inside and outside the Army Preparatory School believe its experience is significantly more applicable to mainstream schools than education policymakers might guess.
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Military Personnel, High School Equivalency Programs, Teaching Methods, English Instruction, Armed Forces, Public Education, Program Effectiveness, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs
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