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School is back in session, always…

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everyone involved with a school schedule has probably by now settled into a routine.  It always takes a while to get logistics set up for any family involved with a new school year.  Our school-age patients are a little short on numbers at the very start and end of each new school year.  Once people develop their unique program, it becomes necessary to negotiate, with relative comfort, a successful program for week after week that they can soon relax, exhale, and follow the plan.

At our home, that is a typed daily transport schedule for the 2011-2012 school year.  Each child is listed on a daily time roster, who transports who, and to where, and by when.  And, with multiple children in multiple schools, the schedule can at first seem hectic and confusing.  However, with larger numbers of children, the demand for a clear plan becomes more and more necessary.

With the importance of scheduling, comes the exceptions:  doctor’s appointments, orthodontic’s and dentist’s appointments, eye doctors, etc.  Schedules are made to be broken, or so it seems.  Time outside school can also be educational, as can transport.  Hours of education can be added to a child’s education while being transported.  Siblings or drivers can quiz each other on spelling, multiplication, tables, etc.  Think of it, if just one concept was studied on each trip.

I once told a teacher, who was perturbed with me for taking my child out of school,  that I was taking my daughter out of school on an educational outing and I said, “I think education is more important than school.”  I would not recommend that comment to anyone, since teachers do operate most effectively with everyone present.  My point, however, is if a child must be removed from school, have it be a learning experience.  Ask them to report one thing that they learned by questioning their doctor, orthodontist, dentist, eye doctor, etc., about something they may not have learned in school.  All professionals have much to offer in terms of education.  If you must take off school, then make it an educational outing.  Ask good questions.  The quality of one’s life is measured by the quality of one’s questions.  Ask thoughtful questions and…

Keep smiling!

Dr. James G. Hood


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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Author: Leehspride
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Since 1984, the National PTA has set aside the first week of May to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Join in the festivities this May 1-7 by helping your children plan a surprise for their teacher or purchase a meaningful gift for them, or drop a line to your own favorite college professor to let them know how they have had an impact on your life. On the PTA’s website, you can find many resources to help you plan a fantastic TAW, including posters and stickers, ideas for events and activities, certificates of appreciation, and more.

National Teacher Day is part of this week-long celebration. Since it always falls on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week, this year it is May 3. The first Teacher Day was celebrated in 1953, after a nine year campaign by Arkansas teacher named Mattye Whyte Woodridge to create such an observance. However, it was not celebrated again until the National Education Association, in particular its Kansas and Indiana chapters, lobbied Congress for a national day to celebrate educators in 1980. Congress passed it, and for the next 5 years Teacher Day was celebrated on March 7, until the creation of Teacher Appreciation Week when the date of Teacher Day was changed to correspond with the week-long festivities.

People in the educational field have some of the most important but under-appreciated jobs in our country. They work long hours dealing with sometimes unruly and stubborn children, and must constantly find new and creative ways to reach out to their students. Their dedication to educating current and future generations of Americans is nothing short of heroic, and we owe them our gratitude and admiration. Furthermore, we should not forget the many supportive roles performed by administrative staff, principals, teacher’s aides, cafeteria workers, and janitors in our schools, for they too contribute to the education and betterment of our children. We should express our appreciation for these diligent people far more often than we do, so please take a moment this week to find a way to thank the teachers in your life and the lives of your children.


The American Dental Association

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, April 22, 2011

Author: Milenafoto
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The American Dental Association is the oldest and largest dental association in the world. Founded in 1865, the ADA is widely recognized as the best source of information, dental product recommendations, and oral health advocacy by both dentists and patients alike.

The ADA also has a charitable foundation that raises money to provide scholarships for dental students, fund research in various areas of dental science, bring oral hygiene education programs into schools, and provide disaster relief supplies. Learn more about the ADA Foundation here.

The 2011 Annual Session of the ADA will be held from October 11-13 in Las Vegas, bringing together leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry to present more than 260 continuing education courses over four days. Condoleezza Rice is this year’s Distinguished Speaker, and there will be a special reception for new dentists and dental students as well as a world marketplace exhibition, presentations on the latest dental technology, and educational courses on a wide range of oral hygiene topics, even a live demonstration of dental surgery techniques. The ADA Annual Session is a great opportunity for members of the dental community to network and keep up-to-date in their profession. Registration is open now.

For the average person outside the dental profession, the ADA offers a wealth of resources on their website that enables you to find a dentist in your area, a comprehensive A-Z list of topics that will address almost every question anyone could have about dental procedures and health, information on dental insurance and financing, tips for dealing with dental emergencies, and more. There are also ADA programs for educators, children, and employers that address the specific needs and viewpoints of each of these groups.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is perhaps the most well-known facet of the organization, for many Americans recognize the logo immediately as a sign of reliability, safety, and efficacy in dental products. Started in 1930, the Seal of Acceptance program researches and rigorously tests consumer dental products before approving them. Today, over 300 products carry the Seal’s logo. You can find a comprehensive list of these products as well as information about the history of the program, what guidelines are used, and how products are evaluated here.

As a member of the American Dental Association, Dr. James G. Hood is committed to serving his patients with the best quality dental care, up-to-date technology and techniques, and continuing oral hygiene health through the advocacy of home care and education.


Grad Rates Put Harvard in a League of Its Own; School Regains Top Spot on U.S. News College List 

Published August 17, 2010

| Associated Press

Harvard pulled ahead of Ivy League rival Princeton in the latest edition of the influential U.S. News & World Report university rankings, while a stronger emphasis on graduation rates drove other changes in the Top 10.

The nation’s oldest university and traditionally one of its most selective, Harvard has topped the list two of the past three years. Last year, the two elite schools shared the top ranking.

Yale was the No. 3-ranked university this year, followed by Columbia, and Stanford and Penn tied at No. 5.

Williams College in Massachusetts was ranked the nation’s top liberal arts school, repeating its feat of last year.

The most closely watched of a growing number of college rankings, the U.S. News & World Report list is both credited for helping students and families sort through a dizzying college selection process and criticized by those who say it’s too arbitrary and pressures colleges to boost scores at the expense of improving teaching.

A change in how rankings are determined led to some shifts in the magazine’s “Best Colleges” rankings, which were released online Tuesday and examine more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools based on 16 factors.

How did Harvard edge Princeton by 1 point on an 100-point scale? Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report, credited Harvard’s higher scores on graduation rates, and financial and faculty resources.

The rankings take into account factors such as SAT scores, selectivity, graduation and retention rates, alumni giving and peer reputation. This year, high-school guidance counselors’ opinions were added to the mix.

Most notably, graduation rate performance was given greater weight, accounting for 7.5 percent of the final score for national universities and liberal arts colleges, up from 5 percent last year. The variable is the difference between a school’s actual graduation rate and one predicted by U.S. News based on test scores and schools’ resources.

Morse said the shift helped Columbia University rise from eighth to fourth this year and contributed to Cal Tech and MIT falling from a tie for fourth to a tie for seventh.

Nationally, graduation rates are getting more policy attention as higher-education leaders and advocates focus increasingly not just on getting students in the door but also out with a degree or certificate. One of the Obama administration’s signature education goals is for the U.S. to regain the world lead in college graduation rates by 2020.

The University of California, Berkeley is the highest-ranked public university, at No. 22 overall in the U.S. News report. Despite a severe budget crisis, five schools in the UC system were among the top 10 public universities.

More schools were ranked this year, a reflection of both increased consumer demand and improved data collection, Morse said. The survey now displays the rank of the top 75 percent of schools in each category, up from 50 percent. The schools in the bottom tier are displayed alphabetically and not given numeric rankings.

The magazine also publishes a list of “Up and Comers,” based on a survey of college administrators who were asked to nominate schools they think are making promising and innovative changes. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County was No. 1 among national universities in that category — and ranked No. 159 overall.

Earlier this month, Forbes magazine ranked Williams College No. 1 in its third “America’s Best Colleges” rankings — and Harvard No. 8. The business magazine weighs student satisfaction, graduation rates, student debt and other factors.

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