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African American Adults Earn More After High School Math Requirements Increase, Study Shows

By Juan B. Elizondo Jr. A recent study shows that African-American adults who took more math classes as part of revised high school graduation requirements earn greater incomes than those who took fewer math classes at the secondary level. Joshua Goodman, an associate professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government who completed the research, told The Atlantic that a roughly 3 percent rise in earnings for African-American adults who took more high school math is tied, at least in part, to the types of jobs those adults are ...

Telling the stories of black STEM pioneers

 Throughout the month NMSI has told the stories of black pioneers in math and science fields who continue to pave the way for future generations of STEM professionals. These groundbreaking individuals have done everything from sending a man into space to dedicating their lives to encouraging other black students to follow in their paths. Below, we tell the stories of just a few individuals to celebrate this month and beyond.  Bernard Harris, a NMSI board member, became the first African-American to walk in space in 1995. During his spacewalk, Harris ...

Hundreds of St. Louis Students will touch the stars at ‘Hidden Figures’ screening

More than 300 high school sophomores who attend St. Louis Public Schools will join the National Math and Science Initiative and local industry leaders on Thursday, Feb. 23, for a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Hidden Figures” and a discussion about college and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Representatives from Boeing, Pfizer and Monsanto will be among the industry leaders sharing their experiences and answering questions from the students. The students are sophomores at Soldan International Studies High School, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, and ...

Celebrate the Silent Heroes of Black History Month

Crystal Ward is a former principal from Kansas City, Mo. She now works with 10 urban and rural school districts in eight states to expand NMSI’s proven College Readiness Program. My parents instilled in me the importance of acknowledging and reflecting on black history all year long. Because of that, I grew up with a strong awareness of African Americans’ many contributions. This month-long celebration is an opportunity to challenge ourselves and others to reflect on how African Americans have helped shape our country and to learn from their experiences. ...

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