Note that, regrettably, we suspended publication due to the absence of the Editor during the Spring term of 2005. Other technical problems have delayed this issue even further. The editor and staff at JBAO apologize for that, and thank you for your patience.
As we post this delayed issue of JBAO in the fall of 2005, the U.S. is in the process of recovering from enormous human and natural disasters. The manner in which we choose to respond collectively and individually will have major effects on the entire world and will serve as a role model for the future.
The events of September 11 and the recent disasters due to n atu ral causes underscore the importance of having an emergency preparedness plan in place. The key question that has arisen is how can we better prepare for the future? In large part, a strong educational system that equips every individual with the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn in response to change is vital. All Americans must have opportunities to enhance their abilities as fully as possible and the wisdom to use them with integrity, responsibility, empathy, and courage. How our children are taught, how they learn, and the environments in which they learn make all the difference in how they will survive in a world of unexpected crises. No moment in recent history demands more of us as educators.
Editor – JBAO