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  •  Of course if all the kids got top grades (3+ / 0-)
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    then it would mean the classes were too easy. It couldn't be that the classes were well taught and the kids motivated and capable.

    My own feeling is that the STEM kids who fall out of STEM fields are mostly just unlucky - the wrong degree at the wrong time, they needed health insurance and couldn't wait for the right job, maybe they live in the wrong city and/or want to be near a spouse or family. There's huge friction in STEM employment - it usually takes months to fill jobs and it usually takes months to get a job - and a lot of STEM these days ends up being temporary/contract type work.

    It's tempting to say they must be the "lesser grades" etc because then your physics professor friend can feel that she's in no danger, and that she's doing right by all of her graduate students, who absolutely won't be doing 3rd postdocs or struggling for work ever... unlike a substantial percentage of other people's physics Ph.D. students.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:43:37 AM PDT

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    •  Classes too easy? Don't think so... (1+ / 0-)
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      The real reason those STEM grads not getting jobs is this: Why pay for American know how and productivity when corporations who benefit from American tax payer supported infrastructure and security can outsource those jobs on the cheap.

      Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

      by semioticjim on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 02:11:32 PM PDT

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