Look, there are plenty of examples of La Cervecera’s rank incompetence: her embarassing malaprops, her over dependence on staff with their own agendas, her disengagement from and lack of knowledge of major issues, the constant look on her face that says that even she doesn’t think she belongs in the office. One thing I’d like to see people on my side stop calling her out for is having a GED.
I haven’t done exhaustive research to tell whether she’s got a high school diploma or a GED. I haven’t done the research simply because it doesn’t matter to me. Frankly, I don’t think it does our cause much good when progressives, who should be all about tolerance and opportunities, snarkily make fun of her educational background.
I’ve seen what the GED can do for folks every day in the work I do. I’ve had all sorts of students in my time at Las Artes, but I can tell you that there are enough hard working young people that I’ve worked with that I know better than to crack wise or feel smug just because someone has a GED.
One of our gripes over the last year is the elimination of adult education in this state. We understand how devastating this is and have argued vehemently against it. How can we argue about how important providing the opportunity for a GED is when we make fun of someone who has one? It makes about as much sense as making fun of people who are on AHCCCS or any other form of assistance that we advocate.
Dr. Richard Carmona, Mary Lou Retton, Gov. Jim Florio, Michael J. Fox, Gov. Ruth Minner, Waylon Jennings and Bill Cosby: a list of people that would probably make better governors of Arizona than Jan Brewer? Likely, but they are also all GED recipients. That fact is probably the least interesting thing about any of them.