Many people may feel that SMAN is not for them and they would prefer to get a GED and enter the workforce early. After all, a GED stands for general Equivalency Diploma, meaning the same as high school diploma and it takes less work. GED may seem like a way out for many people, but the fact is a GED is not a great choice.
The unfortunate thing about the GED is that it does not allow you to get a full education. Yes, you must pass a test to get it, but the individual misses out on too much information to be taught in a high school class that is not on the test. Of course, students may think that most of the information that is not useful, but the fact is it makes you a person with a more rounded education.
GED also does not teach you self-discipline. It is, as stated, the easy way, but in the end will make things much more difficult. When you have to attend classes on a daily basis and pass in homework on time, it teaches you self-discipline. Do not pass through homework and being late or absent to classes does not hurt anyone but students and their classes. People are getting their GED misses out in this important life lessons.
Another reason a GED is not the best option is if an individual would apply to college, they may have a difficult time. College will want to see a high school student transcripts and when they see them out and received their GED, they may look a little harder at their potential students. Students will be able to pass the class without a break? Students will fully apply themselves? The college will see this GED student closer than others.
While the GED will allow you to get a job and even go to college, it does not provide you with a full education you deserve. High school diploma requires you to complete a series of courses designed to give you an education in several subject areas, as well as allowing you to improve them with extra-curriculum activities and enrichment classes. By getting your GED, you will lose out on a lot of great information and experience.