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Education: No Longer a Panacea for Blacks

pkennedy Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 6:15 PM
Well, as a high school math teacher (or rather someone with a high school math teaching license) I can tell you that the reason so many students are graduating without much math knowledge whatsoever is that the environments at most public high schools are hardly conducive to learning up to Algebra let alone anything higher like Trig, Calculus, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, or Statistics. I get 6th graders who can't even multiply yet, and worse yet, don't seem to care, and neither do their parents or whoever is responsible for them. Set foot in most minority high schools and see that the problem is the minority mentality of anyone who actually cares about math or any of the sciences is "acting white" and that is supposedly a BAD thing.....

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.

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