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Dr. Michael W. Kirst

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969.
Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004.

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My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.

New International Study Shows Girls as Good as Boys in math and better in reading

The may 31 edition of the Economist has a fascinating article on pages 84-85. Luigi Guiso of the European University Institute in Florence took data from OECD PISA that tests 276,00 15 year olds in 40 countries.In countries that have the most sexual equality like Sweden, versus low like Turkey, the sexes are even in math and reading.Geometry is the only area where boys score higher in advanced nations. Girls score much higher in reading than boys in all the equal societies, and every country ,including Turkey in the Economist chart.
Last year in the USA girls attained 58% of the bachelors degrees. The lower performance of boys seems to be an emerging issue in most European and Asian countries with more industralized economies. These trends make it difficult to figure out what to do about it in USA, and relates to college completion.


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