Big Changes Coming to the GED

October 14, 2013 | The Takeaway |  Link to article

Today The Takeaway explores higher education, the government shutdown, the four-day work week and much more.

The Only Member of the GOP to Vote Against the Shutdown

Some lawmakers say they're not even sure what the fight in D.C. is about anymore. Joining The Takeaway is Virginia Republican Congressman Scott Rigell, who represents the state's 2nd district. He is the only GOP House member to vote with Democrats to avoid the shutdown. He's got a new plan to re-open the government, one that he thinks could garner bipartisan support.

Words for Congress: "Get Your Act Together."

It's the final countdown-for the government debt ceiling, at least. Unless Congress acts by October 17, the United States will default for the first time in the nation's history. With only a few day until the deadline, some of America's most important investors from abroad aren't too happy. Lord Digby Jones is former UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, and former head of the Confederation of British Industry. His words to Congress: "Get your act together."

The End of Women's Colleges?

Today, like many women's colleges, Mount Holyoke College is increasingly relying on the recruitment of international students to fill its seats. Studies show that less than three percent of women heading to college consider attending a single-sex school and with declining enrollment, trustees at a number of women-only colleges have voted to turn coed. Some say the women's college business model is no longer sustainable, predicting that in the next 20 years there will only be four or five women's colleges left. But not everyone agrees with this assessment. The Takeaway considers the future of women's colleges with the President of the Mount Holyoke College, Lynn Pasquerella, and WGBH's higher education reporter, Kirk Carapezza.

Big Changes Coming to the GED

Big changes are on the way for the GED, also known as the General Educational Development Certificate. Thirty million adults in the U.S. are without a high school degree, and 700,000 of them take the GED test every year. Two new competitors will begin offering high school equivalency testing in January and the GED itself will no longer be a pen and paper exam, but a computer-based system. What do all of these changes mean for those seeking a high school equivalency degree? Marci Foster, a policy analyst at the Center for Law And Social Policy, explains.

A Look Back at Dolly the Sheep

Today The Takeaway turns back time with the help of our friends at Retro Report. They're a documentary team and each week they look back at an event in the news archives to look at the lasting consequences of stories from recent history. Today we travel back to 1997-the year Dolly the sheep became the first successfully cloned mammal. Matthew Spolar, producer for Retro Report joins us to explain.

In Wake of Shutdown, GOP Already Facing Electoral Tests

There's a mess in Washington and the tide of fear is beginning to rise over whether or not markets will react even if a default crisis is averted. The money-minded Republican establishment in Washington may finally be saying enough is enough. That frustration is playing out in the state of Michigan where business leaders are steadily distancing themselves from the Tea Party activists they once supported. Michigan businessman Brian Ellis is doing just that-he's launching a Republican primary challenge against Representative Justin Amash, a prominent figure in the Tea Party.

In Praise of the Four-Day Work Week

In honor of the Columbus Day weekend, we're looking at the four-day work week. It's not as rare as you might think. New York's Families and Work Institute reported that in 2012, at least 36 percent of workplaces offer a compressed week at least part of the year. These workplaces include big companies like Blue Cross and General Motors. Jim Braude has been researching the four-day work week for the Boston Globe. He's also the host of Broadside: The News With Jim Braude on NECN and co-host of WGBH's Boston Public Radio. He explains the future of the four-day work week.

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