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Education in Today’s Society

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As a father to 18 wonderful children there have been plenty of school projects, homework assignments, and trips to their school. As a parent, of course, I want to see my children succeed at not only school, but in life and have fulfilling happy lives, which is why I decided to look more deeply into our education system.

  • 30 years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 36th in the world.
  • 1.3 million high school students don’t graduate on time yearly. States with highest rates (80-89%) are Wisconsin, Iowa, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. States with lowest (less than 60%) are Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia and S. Carolina.
  • 97% of low-income students rely on school for Internet access, but 40 million students do not have high-speed Internet in school.
  • If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes.
  • A 3rd grade student who reads at the appropriate reading level compared to a 3rd grade student who does not is 4 times more likely to graduate by age 19. Furthermore, a student living in poverty is 13 times less likely to graduate on time.
  • Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In the U.S., 14% of new teachers resign by the end of their first year, 33% leave within their first 3 years, and almost 50% leave by their 5th year.
  • In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education.
  • Roughly half of the students who enter a 4-year school will receive a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.
  • In schools made up of 75% or more low-income students, there are 3 times the number of out-of-field teachers than in wealthier school districts.
  • High schools are not preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel after graduation. Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the 4 core subjects of English, Reading, Math and Science.

Although these numbers may be scary, being involved in your children’s education and helping them to learn not just in school but in the world around them will lead them to pursue learning for the rest of their lives.

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My Holiday Memories Scrapbook Brings Christmas Memories to Life!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, December 13, 2013
This is the fifth scrapbook in Whispering Pine Press‘s Children’s Scrapbook Series and is especially designed for children to help them to remember their unique and joyful adventures through life. Scrapbooking provides an outlet of expression that may not be available in any other form. Families get involved and show their children how much they love them by helping them fill in the pages of this book to preserve family memories. When I was young, I had a baby book.

My Holiday Memories Scrapbook for Kids by author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a wonderful way to document enjoyable past and present experiences, a storehouse of unique recollections, as family’s journey through their lives. You will share many pleasant memories with your child browsing together through this special scrapbook as they grow and mature through their individual times and accomplishments. Encourage your child to record moments, holidays, and special family events, with written thoughts and their own hand drawn pictures, as well as photographs, along the way. So often, we lose some parts of our child’s events because of no singular place to keep them. Here is the answer to that situation, in this memorable scrapbook. You will want one for each of your children so they can protect their personal holiday memories.

Please visit our websites at,, Featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

Inside You Will Find a Place For:

  • Adopted Children’s Themes
  • Record Favorite Activities
  • Add Photos, other Memorabilia
  • Add Thoughts, Drawings, Ideas
  • Document Important Events
  • Record Family Events


LCCN: 2014 pending BISAC 1 JNF015000 BISAC 2 CRA043000 BISAC 3 FAM000000 BISAC AUD 02

ISBN: 978-1-59210-620-2 case bound $29.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-932-4 perfect bound $19.95 plus shipping
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About the Children’s Author and Poet: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, many of her seventeen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

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