Americans of all shades are not very good in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
In a report from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, “among the 34 members, the United States performed below average in mathematics in 2012 and is ranked 27th.” The United States does not focus on STEM careers as it once did in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Manufacturing and tech jobs are scarce even though Silicon Valley has many booming startups.
The report alludes to the dysfunction of K-12 learning in the United States. In regard to science and reading, the U.S. is average. In order for minorities to become interested in STEM careers, the U.S. will have to evaluate its educational system and determine if education can be a valuable tool to use to compete on a global stage.
National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
This organization was created in 1972 to build a community of minority scientists and engineers. It serves as a catalyst to diversify a majority white field. The organization currently has 39 professional and university chapters.
National Organization of Blacks in Government
Members of this organization are civil servants at the federal, state, county and municipal levels. Blacks in Government was founded in 1975. It currently has more than 50 chapters, including the Departments of State and Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and the National Institutes of Health.