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Challenge: Black Students Struggle in STEM Subjects
Image: – New Republic article on Why Black Students Struggle in STEM Subjects: Low Expectations – AFAM STEM
From the article:
In 2011, whites held 71 percent of STEM jobs, Asians held 15 percent, and blacks only 6 percent. In 2009, white students obtained 65.5 percent of the STEM undergraduate degrees. However, STEM undergraduate degrees for blacks have remained flat for the last nine years.
Blacks received just 6 percent of all STEM bachelor's degrees and less than half of those went to black males. Overall, blacks received 4 percent of master's degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs in STEM, despite constituting 12 percent of the U.S. population.
When it comes to academic success, young black students face many other challenges that are only made worse by the negative messaging.
There are societal messages that equate black maleness with criminality, with teachers often being afraid of their black male students.
BY EBONY O. MCGEE
May 1, 2015