I came across this story and read a few comments at the bottom of the article. It seems that most people disagree with the decision to take the GED and go into the 2010 MLB Draft as the Nationals no. 1 draft pick.
I see their side of the argument in that the job market doesn't hold much opportunity for someone with a GED. I just can't see that as a viable option for someone with this much talent. If he is drafted at the age of 16 or 17, he will see more than enough publicity plus a genorous signing bonus. Even if this kid gets hurt somewhere down the road he'll have enough money saved up to return back to school if he really wanted.
Which brings up another point...What if he decides to stay and finish high school, in which time he sustains a career ending injury. That will be a huge opportunity missed.