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Things we haven’t learned since 9/11

Anybody see the interview Sunday evening with former President Bush (2) on National Geographic Channel? The subject was 9/11 and he spent an hour reflecting on what that day was like for him.

It didn’t break a lot of new ground, but the ex-prez has some thoughtful recollections on what must be the most memorable day of his life. He did a good job — and not a Teleprompter in sight.

We’ll be bombarded the next week with “anniversary” telecasts, panels and, yes, newspaper columns on the decade mark of that fateful day. I’ve never met anyone over the age of 15 at the time who doesn’t remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. Don’t believe I ever will.

The Bush interview prompted (not teleprompted) me to ruminate on what we have learned since September 11, 2001. Many of us believed in the days following the attack that something good would come out of all that death and destruction. The nation — indeed all the nations of the world that value freedom over barbarism — would have a unity of purpose that in the end will magnify the best.

We didn’t do that so much, did we?

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BCHS pioneering online courses

 Nancy Masterson (standing) oversees the virtual lab.This year’s high school freshmen statewide must complete at least one course online before they graduate, but those at Baker County High School are among the few with a computer lab used exclusively to meet the requirement.

The new graduation requirement is among a host of new benchmarks being phased in during the coming years to improve students math and science skills before they reach college.

“This is something new for Florida,”  said BCHS principal Tom Hill the afternoon of August 25.  “And what’s really significant about it is that Baker County High School is one of the few schools in the entire state at this time to have a lab dedicated just to online learning.”

The virtual class being taught throughout the day in the lab to some 25 students is global studies, a course offered through Florida Virtual School that explores topics like human rights, the environment, global security, international economic systems and more.

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‘Bo’ Harris, 74, dies on May 21st

Edwin L. “Bo” Harris, 74, died peacefully at Community Hospice on May 21, 2011 after a two-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Bo was born in Moniac, Georgia and worked 40 years as a latherer. He was retired for the last 12 years and enjoyed spending time with his dog.

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Mr. Jordan, 70, Cincinnati native

 

Raymond Jack Jordan, 70, of Macclenny died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at his home. He was born on September 29, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH to Kyle Jordan and Martha Montgomery-Jordan. Mr. Jordan’s favorite saying was “Out of darkness, comes the light.” He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

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