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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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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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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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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  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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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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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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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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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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A Brighter Beginning for "At Risk" Kids by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. As we think about the future of our country, two numbers provide a major hint of things to come. The first number, 13%, is the national unemployment rate for those who did not finish high school. The other number is 4%, the national …

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