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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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 22, 2012

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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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 6, 2012

Fruits and Veggies in Vending Machines Tackle Childhood Obesity by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. One-third of America's 55 million school children are either overweight or obese.1 The implications are downright frightening.  Think about this: one in four American young people seeking to join the military are rejected because they are overweight or obese!2  Carrying extra pounds …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 6, 2012

New Form of Housing for Single-Parent Students by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Every civilization worthy of being called that wants to help those who are in tough circumstances, particularly when they are victims of the actions of others, such as disabled veterans, or abandon/abused mothers and children. And no society wants to have its "helping hands" …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 6, 2012

Reducing School Absence by Washing Hands by Francis P. Koster, Ed. D.  There is a real documented opportunity to better our society by teaching kids one simple thing. Start with the fact that approximately 1/5 of our population either attends or works in schools.(1) Wow.  Whatever happens in school connects to a very large number of …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 14, 2011

Unique Program Helps Break Cycle of Poverty by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In Louisville, Ky., there is a new form of low income housing for poor, single-parents who are students that enables college degree completion, employment and moving families off public assistance. This program has already taken 98 single-parent families, all of whom were homeless …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: September 16, 2011

Serving Local Fruits and Veggies in Schools Improves Student Behavior  by Brook Adams Law The average school lunch program costs roughly $2.46 per child to make and tends to offer extremely unhealthy fare, so that children who receive free and reduced price lunches or buy their lunch every day are more likely to be obese …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: December 20, 2010

Regarding Other Good Sites by Francis P. Koster Ed. D.  TheOptimisticFuturist is pleased to offer a number of locally implementable solutions to national problems.  In some cases, others have created wonderful websites on specific topics and we are pleased to point to them and send you on your way, knowing you’ll come back and visit …

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