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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 $5,000 per year.

Reading literacy has three parts. The first is "Prose Literacy," or the ability to read things in a newspaper.  (Congratulations - you have "Prose Literacy"). Second is the ability to understand documents that have a series of boxes, such as a job application or a car loan application. Third is the ability to both read and do math inside a document, such as an income tax form, or a pes…

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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 with child abuse.   I am not saying the problem is solved - but progress, compared to where we started decades ago, is being made.  The lessons learned along this path to progress inform many other challenges our society faces. 

The term "Child Abuse" covers much ground, from lack of food and hygiene, to emotional  abuse,  to  battery,  to sexual abuse.  Using that big definition,  it a…

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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 leads to early heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and sleep apnea.3 Children who are obese are much more likely to be obese, and chronically ill, adults.

The extra medical costs to our country for overweight and obese patients alone averages out to $1000 per year per American household - half of which is paid for…

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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 unemployment rate for those who graduate from college.[1] 

It is easy to predict which category a child will wind up in. You give each child a specific 7 minute test in pre-kindergarten. If they flunk, they are in trouble unless something is done.

It does not matter if this child suffers from a condition like Dyslexia, as 1 in 10 of all Americans doii or grew up in a home with no books and not been read to by parents - if they cannot p…

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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" taken advantage of by the lazy, the con artists, or those who are content to live hand to mouth if that hand is someone else's. We seek to see generosity used as a bridge from hard times to good times.

This then raises the question: Where can we look for models of success, where those being helped get predictably to the place where help is no longer needed? How can we help abused people get…

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