Recently, I interviewed a 67-year-old woman who wants to get her GED (grade 12 equivalent). I asked, “Why is this so important to you? She said, “Because its the one thing in life that I want more than anything.”
Leaving school in the seventh grade, Maggie (not her real name) has lived her entire life in poverty. She worked odd jobs in her 20’s and 30’s as a dishwasher in restaurants but gave up because she couldn’t escape the constant abuse and harassment that followed her everywhere she worked.