My days are not my own right now, too much going on in this little house! Here's what's happening: The boys got their GEDs! YAY! In the accompanying cover letter, Governor Beshear writes, "It takes a great deal of study and preparation, as well as persistence, to reach this goal." Really? The boys have not been engaged in formal study for three years. They needed no review or study to pass. Not to take anything away from them: they are clearly above average and are among the nicest, funniest, kindest teens you would ever hope to meet in your lifetime. Really. But if the goal is a diploma so you can get hired or seek higher education, I'm wondering why anyone would spend 12 years in jail school to get one. Why not take the pre-tests, see what you have to learn, learn it, then take the GED? Badda bing. The only thing that required persistence was dealing with the many bureaucratic hoops between them and the test.