Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 4, 2014

Seizing the Ebola Moment to Teach Hygiene by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Do you know why "important people" are called "bigwigs"?   You hear it often - like when your brother-in-law said "So I sat at the head table with all the bigwigs" when he was bragging about his recent success. This subject actually links to …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 4, 2014

By Francis P. Koster Ed. D. Do you know why "important people" are called "bigwigs"?   You hear it often - like when your brother-in-law said "So I sat at the head table with all the bigwigs" when he was bragging about his recent success. This subject actually links to the Ebola epidemic . Start back in 400 B.C. …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 2, 2014

Creating the Bottom 10 Percent by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.   The phrase "Mad as a Hatter" is falling into disuse - I suspect many of the kids wandering around with ear buds dangling think it refers to a character in Alice in Wonderland. They are wrong. Back in the 18th century, top hats were …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: September 30, 2014

Chronically-Sick Kids Helped by Electronic School-Based Monitoring Systems  by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In national rankings, North Carolina ranks high for our number of sick school children, and low for our number of school nurses. The numbers are amazing - 1 in 5 school kids has a medical diagnosis that must be managed to facilitate …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: July 11, 2014

One Extra Hour of Specific Driver's Education Cuts Accident Rates Dramatically   by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.     Drivers in their first year driving are 10 times more likely to be in a crash than for the entire rest of their driving career.(4) Car crashes are the number one cause of death among teens. …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 6, 2014

  Cover the Kids' Ears - This is Ugly!       by FrancisP. Koster, Ed.D.   Our children are losing their hearing at rapidly rising rates.   The tragedy of this is that it is a preventable self inflicted wound.   As a Futurist, I can see that this unfolding mess will harm millions of kids, …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 10, 2013

Denying the Need for Change by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. I have spent most of my adult life studying why society fails to act on new information that would protect lives and health. As we gain knowledge about how the human body interacts with external pollutants my sense of urgency grows, as does my frustration. History …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 5, 2012

Passing the Torch – How to Hand off Responsibility to Younger Civic Leaders by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. As painful as this election cycle has been, we have to look around and consider the alternative. We live in a remarkable country where we can “throw the "rascals" out” every few years – the majority of …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: October 17, 2012

America Scores 2nd in the World for Reading, yet 1 in 5 Cannot Read! by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Imagine going to a family reunion and being asked about your kid's reading ability. The answer is important, because American adults with the lowest levels of reading work only about 18-19 weeks a year, and earn less than …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 27, 2012

Citizens Make a Difference in Fight Against Child Abuse by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. As a Futurist, I write about emerging threats, and the need for successful interventions to address them. In that spirit, today I bring good news about something bad. The United States has begun to turn the tide on how we deal …

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