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It has led many academics to explore why so few Black students study technical subjects. The answer is complex, with structural causes that can date back to elementary school. But according to interviews with multiple Black academics, it’s about far more than just K–12 education. Black students’ disproportionate interest in social justice and the absence of Black STEM majors are causally related. In their courses and jobs, most STEM faculty and employers do not make social change a focus. And for many Black students, that’s a serious problem.

So, it’s not that the largely D-run inner city school districts are shite then?

In explaining why so few Black students study STEM, Smith—like many other education experts—honed in on America’s segregated K–12 education system. It’s easy to see why. Institutionalized racism has shut Black Americans out of neighborhoods with high-performing schools and funneled them into districts with fewer monetary and academic resources. As a result, many Black students arrive at college without the math and science skills needed to pursue advanced STEM classes. “It’s a done deal,” Smith told me.

Oh, actually, it is.

Surprise that, isn’t it?

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jgh
jgh
1 year ago

“most STEM faculty and employers do not make social change a focus”

WTactualF???
Applicant: “How does this maths course effect social change?”
Admissions: “Yerwot? It’s *maths*!”

Spike
Spike
1 year ago

Right you are. American public schools cripple black students by peddling the soothing excuse that any lack of achievement is because everyone takes one look at your dark skin and schemes to ruin your day. Math is more rigorous; they insist that you actually be able to solve problems. It is pure evil to propose that the rigorous courses lose their rigor to promote a “fairer” distribution (equality of outcomes). University applicants would become even worse (requiring that institution to lose its rigor too). GW Bush’s “bigotry of low expectations”!

Andrew C
Andrew C
1 year ago

Hmm. The arts are subjective. Turn in a shit essay and to the right sort of professor it’s an A.

But if numbers don’t add up, they don’t add up. You can’t, yet, run a maths course accepting that the answer is whatever you want it to be.

jgh
jgh
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew C

Oh I dunno, there is a movement afoot to declare that ‘2+2=4’ is a white patricarchal imposition, and that people should be allowed to beleive that ‘2+2=5’ without penalties.

John Galt
1 year ago

It used to be that if you didn’t achieve sufficient grades then you were held back. The obvious problem with this is that if you’re from a certain minority ethnic group that “doesn’t do well in teaching environments designed for white kids” then you are going to be continually held back. Which is exactly what happened. The Democrat solution to this was “social promotion”, so all the kids from a certain minority ethnic group get continually moved from class to class even if they can’t read or write. To be quite honest, these kids probably did better under segregation, because… Read more »

Spike
Spike
1 year ago
Reply to  John Galt

I think everyone does better under honesty. If we insisted that diplomas measure something, it would be a motivation to study harder, relieve universities of remedial courses and resentment, and might inform some people that academics is not where they should be spending their time.

But athletes should have a new way to train for a career without the pretense of being a student.

Pat
Pat
1 year ago

Inner city schools often get better funding than suburban ones.
But if the school makes excuses for poor performance then that is what you get.
Funnily enough black kids are just as responsive to incentives as anyone else.

rhoda klapp
rhoda klapp
1 year ago

Trying at school is ‘acting white’. It just ain’t cool. Of course having a responsible job and earning money is acting white too, so no need for STEM.

Boganboy
Boganboy
1 year ago
Reply to  rhoda klapp

Perhaps it’s just easier for blacks to make a living by scrounging from the social justice system than bothering to actually earn something.

TD
TD
1 year ago

In a fair, just and woke world, wouldn’t figures always add up to an equal number?

Phoenix44
Phoenix44
1 year ago

“Black students’ disproportionate interest in social justice…”

A made up statistic about a made-up thing?

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