Black Education / Schools : STEM Education And Jobs: Declining Numbers Of Blacks Seen In Math, Science

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  1. Black-king

    Black-king Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    With black unemployment reaching historic levels, banks laying off tens of thousands and law school graduates waiting tables, why aren't more African-Americans looking toward science, technology, engineering and math – the still-hiring careers known as STEM?
    The answer turns out to be a complex equation of self-doubt, stereotypes, discouragement and economics – and sometimes just wrong perceptions of what math and science are all about....

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/24/stem-education-and-jobs-d_n_1028998.html?ir=Black Voices
     
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    well im a psych major currently so i would be the exception to this technically ;)

    but this post is more towards bio n engineering majors.

    1) before i took psych i intended on engineering. But i HATE math. Psych has much less math.
    2) HS made me hate biology. i loved it when i was younger n still do. just wont be my career.

    but i am in a science oriented field if that helps fight the statistic
     
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    Black-king Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I know in an age where we need more Black Scientists more than ever, it's a problem.

    Most people don't like math, but I think math is like art, if you practice a lot you will get better at it. Though the public education system don't prepare Black students for math and science majors

    Lol, we gotta fight this anyway we can.
     
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    How do you plan on doing any less than trivial research without math? ..Honest question.
     
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    ima psych major. psych majors have to know a fair amount of math. I just dnt have to know as much as say an engineer
     
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    it is a problem

    n I feel no matter what changes in the education system were made they wouldn't affect math. math is one of those subjects you simply have to practice it constantly. hardly anyone remembers math after college since they dont practice it. 99% of daily occurences u dnt use math outside of your basic 4 functions

    n yeah we do. i count but i feel i dont count. this was about actual scientists n engineers of which im neither. At best i'll be a research psychologist.

    Least black ppl can say they have another doctor ;)
     
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    Indeed, I also think this is a parenting problem as well the education system. When I was a kid I had to practice math whether I had homework or not. Memorization was a tedious process, but it totally helps as grow older. I guess the Black parents have to also do a better job of enforcing the children to their homework and practice math.

    We need Black psychologist as well, instead of going to the other races for help, we need to have people in all medical, scientific fields.
     
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    well in a few short years ill be a doctor, granted a psychological doctor

    n true
     
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    Good for you man, a psychological doctor is important, our people won't have to go through the white man who keep misdiagnosed them. Wish you well on your studies.
     
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    My degree is in Computer Science.
    The math was very tough. The programming was just as much a bear.
    Public schools do not prepare most students for college level math in many cases.
    They also do not prepare students for the sciences such as labs.

    Having exposure to calculus in high school as well as labs would have made the road much, much smoother.
    You'll want to memorize particulars with trigonometry and calculus in order to do well in higher maths (and sciences) i.e. the unit circle, fundamental theorem of calculus, derivatives, integrals, trigonometric functions, etc.
     
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