Q: So my son's master's from Duke cancels out any stigma arising from his GED? I really think that a GED acquired at age 17 or 18 might point to exceptional ability.
A: I would think a bachelor's degree from Duke would basically cancel out any such stigma. Once you're in college the fact of formal completion of high school no longer becomes relevant for pretty much any legitimate purpose (other than perhaps in transfer applications). After you graduate from college, you pretty much never have the burden of demonstrating that you graduated from high school in any particular way. I dunno about that, but then I've never seen what the GED questions are like, nor do I know how well you have to do on it to "get a GED" or whatever the expression is. I'd bet that most semi-intelligent kids could, with a bit o' study, pass the GED at age 12 or 13, if not earlier.
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