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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.

National Student Survey Shows Increase In Homework

Peter D. Hart has conducted a national poll of students in grades 9-12 on a number of topics including education. The poll found that 21% of students grades 9-12 said they spent more than 10 hours a week on homework, up from 9% in 2005. This caught my eye because other homework polls have been flat or down in the past. UCLA has reported declining homework among high school seniors going to 4 year colleges over the past 15 years. Maybe something is happening out there that will improve college preparation and college completion. But the Hart poll reports that 64% OF TEENAGERS REPORT AN AVERAGE OF 10.3 HOURS PER WEEK PLAYING OR PRACTICING A SPORT. So homework is still not much of a priority for teens.
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