Thursday, July 21, 2011
Parents must value education

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

I recently went to a lecture on education. One of the points made at the lecture was a comparison of students in different countries. On a standardized international test, 99% of the students in Singapore got the highest score possible. When the test was given to students in the United States, 2% were able to score that high. It is not news that we do poorly compared to other nations. What I do find interesting is that there are a lot of politicians who have the answers. They will fix the schools, the teachers, the curriculum and the dropout rate. Unfortunately, what they will not fix is the biggest problem - the parents. Children reflect their parents in many ways. One of those is in their view toward education. We know that we have a high rate for students dropping out of high school which creates a problem for the children of those students. If the parents did not value school enough to finish, they may not care if their children finish school. Children will quickly realize that and will then value school less. In addition, their parents will probably not be able to help them with their schoolwork which will make the problem worse. The result is a cycle that gets handed down generation to generation. The good news is that it does not have to be that way. Neither of my parents finished high school. However, they appreciated the value of school which we learned from them. I graduated medical school and my sister graduated college. My youngest sister did multiple certifications for her current job. All of this was because of what our parents taught us about the importance of school and learning. The cycle continued in my family where all three of my daughters graduated college and two went on to get master's degrees. Another major issue is teen pregnancy. Generally speaking, teens that get pregnant do not finish school. A high percentage tend to remain at the poverty level for the rest of their lives. The value of school is often not passed on to their children. Education starts with the parents. They need to tell their children how important school is. They need to help them with their homework every day. When they do not help them, they need to check for its completion. They need to make sure that the child knows how important it is to get a good report card. They need to focus on educational activities outside of the school setting. I wrote about making life a learning opportunity in an article several months ago. The article included an example about teaching your kids about another country by learning everything there was to know about that country. Until politicians figure out a way to make every parent see the importance of education, they can try fixing everything else and it won't work.

Nanticoke Health Services plans two golf tournaments Nanticoke Health Services will host the twenty-fifth annual golf tournament on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23, at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville. Thursday's tournament will be Ladies Day, and Friday's tournament will be the traditional tournament open to men and women. The tournament will consist of 18 holes with four-person teams utilizing a handicapped scramble format. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day at Heritage Shores Club, an Arthur Hills classic links style course.Both days will consist of practice, 18-holes of golf, food, gross and net team prizes.A full field of participants is expected for each day. Enthusiastic golfers will have numerous chances to test their skills by competing in on-course activities. Additional avenues of supporting the tournaments include Eagle, Birdie and Par levels of sponsorship, as well as Tee sign and Pink Links sponsorships. Sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals and businesses. Proceeds from the tournaments will benefit an expansion to Nanticoke's Cardiac Catheterization Lab.Time is the leading factor in reducing death due to heart attack and stroke. The expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab will help ease possible delays emergent cases cause and continue to raise the level of services Nanticoke Health Services provides to the community. More information and registration forms for the tournaments are available online at, or by contacting the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation office at 629-6611, ext. 8944 or

Crab feast to support BIAD The Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD) is hosting its fourth annual Crab Feast Fundraiser on Saturday,Aug. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the New Leipsic Fire Hall located at 318 Main St., Dover. The menu includes all you can eat crabs, corn on the cob, chicken tenders, hush puppies, french fries and non-alcoholic beverages (a cash bar will be available). Cost is $30 per person and $7 for kids ages 5 to 12. Enjoy live entertainment, a DJ and assorted raffles. Buy tickets online at or call 800-411-0505 for more information. BIAD is the only charity of its kind in the state, and provides services within Delaware and parts of Maryland. Funds raised for the Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD), a nonprofit group, are used to further its mission to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy. To learn more about brain injury, visit or call 1-800-411-0505.

Opthamologist to speak Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck of Midshore Surgical Eye Center of Easton and Cambridge will speak Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m., about glaucoma, a condition common to many, and how it can be successfully treated. Dr. Emmert-Buck will speak as part of Homestead Assisted Living's Physicians Speakers Bureau. Emmert-Buck practices general ophthalmology and is a fellowship-trained cornea specialist, as well as a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. At Midshore Surgical Eye Center she performs cataract surgery, cornea surgery including DSEK (Descemet's stripping with endothelial keratoplasty) and refractive surgery (LASIK). A board certified ophthalmologist and cornea specialist, Emmert-Buck joined MidShore Surgical Eye Center in 2004 after completing a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served. Homestead Manor is located at 410 Colonial Dr., in Denton, Md. To RSVP, or to schedule a free tour or for more information, call 410-479-CARE.

Community CPR class is offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community CPR classes to anyone interested in learning CPR at the Nanticoke Training Center located on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn how to perform the basic skills of CPR on adults, children, and infants and how to help an adult, child or infant who is choking and use of the AED. This classroom-based, video and instructor-led CPR course offers families, friendsand community members the opportunity to learn CPR and need a course completion card. Classes are open to participants 12-years-old and up. This program is specifically designed for those who prefer to learn in a group environment with feedback from an instructor. The target audience is those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Cost is $40. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days prior to the class. Late registrations may be accepted if seating is available. To register and obtain a listing of class dates/times, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Training Center office at 629-6611, ext. 8919. Pre-registration is required.

NMH offers Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's next Stroke Support Group meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, at the Seaford Library. The support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families and caregivers. The two-hour support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and stroke survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support, and allow for networking.Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 8626.

Bereavement luncheons Delaware Hospice's "New Beginnings" bereavement luncheons are an informal way to meet and talk with others, who have had similar loss experiences. Lunch begins at noon and is followed by a brief program. The location rotates each week of the month according to this schedule:
  • 1st Thursday: Grottos Pizza, Rt. 26, Bethany Beach;
  • 2nd Thursday: Georgia House, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel;
  • 3rd Thursday: Millsboro Pizza Palace, Rt. 113-southbound lane, Millsboro;
  • 4th Thursday: Blue Ocean Grill (formerly Milton House), 200 Broadkill Rd., Milton;
  • 5th Thursday (when applicable): Texas Grill (formerly Ocean Point Grill), 26089 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro. "New Beginnings" luncheons are open to the public. Registration is not required.There is no fee except the cost of your lunch.
For more information, call Carol Dobson or Paul Ganster at 856-7717.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC's Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.