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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 maximum learning[1].

1) One in three North Carolina kids aged 10 - 17 are "Obese".[2] Obese children have their life shortened between four and ten years, and for citizens of all ages obesity accounts for one dollar of every ten spent on healthcare in the United States.[3]

2) Diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in North Carolina, and skyrocketing. As a nation we are headed toward a future w…

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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. (5)

 

Are these teen drivers killing themselves and others because they are careless, or because they are clueless?  

 

Turns out the answer is "clueless" - because our national driving training programs have not adopted specific training techniques that could go a long way toward fixing the problem. This is a national problem with a local solution.  

   

According to the National Safety Council, in…

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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 is full of attempts by citizens and authority figures to stifle the spread of new knowledge.

In 1632 Galileo wrote a book claiming the universe revolved around the sun, instead of the earth as was the official viewpoint. He based his beliefs on close scientific observations through a new invention - the telescope. Because he had better scientific equipment, his observations caused him to challenge the com…

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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, and vastly increase our nations medical bills in the future unless we act.

 

The biology of hearing is simple. Sound waves go through the ear and pass through a complicated forest of tree- like sensing devices located behind the ear, near the brain. This forest of nerves can be smashed by sound waves that act much like high winds in the woods.   If the sound is too loud, or goes on too long, it bre…

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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 the world does not have that freedom. A key question, however, is who you replace them with. And, with increasing frequency, the answer is people "of a certain age". Missing in this process are the young. If you analyze the demographics of all elected officials at the city, county, state legislature, governors, and congressional level in the United States only 5%, or one in twenty, is younger than 35 years old. This age disparity has signif…

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