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? Asks the Associated Press. 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. The percentage of African-Americans earning STEM degrees has fallen during the last decade…

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