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Education: No Longer a Panacea for Blacks

Elisabeth26 Wrote: Jul 30, 2012 3:17 PM
My husband lost his career job (and 2/3 of our income) just before our son graduated from high school. He worked nearly full time, attended a state college, and took six years to get his degree; we helped where we could, paying tuition and books, but other things had to come from his efforts. My husband was employed off and on during this period, and not well-paying jobs, either, but we survived, paid the mortgage and such. My son is now (and has been the last 20 years) Chief of IT for the federal courts in our state. We all did fine. I also graduated college at the same time he did, taking advantage of a program offered by my employer for my tuition! It can be done without incurring massive debt.

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted a particular segment of the nation’s struggling unemployed. That is in itself is not surprising. After all, black unemployment exceeds the unemployment level for handicapped people and many other challenged groups within our nation. The group that the Post profiled was people with Ph.D.s in the sciences. An increasing number of chemists, biologists and other scientists who have invested heavily in their education are finding themselves jobless. Of those who are employed, thousands are doing lower-wage “post-doc” work in laboratories, as opposed to heading up research projects or teaching in universities.