You know that memo (on our kids’ economic future) you keep saying you haven’t gotten? Here it is.

Several times in private correspondence, I have been pretty harsh about the disconnect between how those who mentor our children see the economic future and the reality of the situation.  For example, here is something I wrote to an acquaintance a few days ago:

Somehow we have to reach the parents, guidance counselors and K-12 teachers who haven’t figured out yet that the world their kids (and mine too – my youngest is still 15) are graduating into is much more hostile than the one I (and they) graduated into in the 1980’s.  Many of them haven’t received the memo.

Well, for those who are wondering what memo I’m talking about, here it is.  It’s from Governor Scott’s press office and it was sent out last week.


From: Governor’s Press Office [mailto:Governor’]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 1:25 PM
Subject: MEMORANDUM – How College Majors Fare in the Job Market


 DATE:      November 11, 2011

 TO:           Interested Media

 FROM:     Brian Burgess, Communications Director
Executive Office of the Governor

 RE:           How College Majors Fare in the Job Market

The Wall Street Journal has posted an interesting tool that shows how various college majors make out in the job market. This effective tool shows which majors have the highest employment and unemployment rates along with their associated earnings.

Please visit to see which college majors can help with students’ career prospects upon graduation.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Governor Scott’s press office at (850) 488-5394.

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One Response to You know that memo (on our kids’ economic future) you keep saying you haven’t gotten? Here it is.

  1. Doc Carr says:

    Well, Friday afternoon isn’t exactly the hottest time to drop a press release, but at least they put it out there. I hope someone paid attention. There is also something similar from the NY Times a year or so ago.

    One thing caught my eye right away.

    From the initial “show all” screen, I clicked on “unemployment rate” to get the ones with the lowest rate. Curiously, the Mathematics education and the Math and Computer Science categories were right next to each other at 3.4% and 3.5%. The striking difference? The 75th percentile pay for a qualified math teacher (which would likely be after many years of experience) matched the 25th percentile pay for a mathematician in the private sector.

    That is the challenge the state must face to improve mathematics preparation for STEM majors.

    PS – Did you see the program about UMBC on “60 Minutes” tonight? If not, check it out on line.

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