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  • Photos: Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 East Valley

    The Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 East Valley (Four Peaks Area) Swim Competition at Kino Aquatics Center in Mesa on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

  • Gilbert High coach investigation stemmed from claim he misused furniture funds

    The brief investigation that led to Gilbert High School football coach Tim Rutt’s placement on administrative leave stemmed from an accusation he embezzled funds designated for furniture.According to a report from the Gilbert Police Department, the accusation came from Kim Calahan, who was the president of the school’s Tiger Touchdown Club — a booster club that supports the team. Calahan stated she believed Rutt, who was later cleared of the accusations by the department, embezzled $2,000 dedicated to purchase new furniture for his office and instead purchased furniture for his home. She claimed a player told her several team members went to Rutt’s home to move his old furniture to the high school office.The report states Calahan and booster members Lori Runge and Jennifer Baragar approached school athletic director Dan Haasch with the accusation on Aug. 8, and the district subsequently put Rutt on leave on Aug. 14. Calahan, Runge and Baragar all resigned from the booster club shortly thereafter.An ensuing police investigation concluded on Aug. 26 with the determination that Rutt did not commit a crime, although the Gilbert Public Schools district kept Rutt on paid leave in order to complete its own investigation into the allegations, said District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone in a previous interview. Rutt was ultimately brought back as a teacher and as the team’s head coach on Sept. 3; the team lost to Desert Ridge 45-15 in his first game, although it beat Mesquite 27-14 the week prior.Rutt’s reinstatement with the Tigers came a few days after the team’s offensive coordinator, Max Hall, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and possession of narcotics on Aug. 30. In the police report of the incident, Hall, who was a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and Mountain View High School in Mesa, admitted to using cocaine the morning of his arrest and was found with cocaine, two hypodermic needles, a metal spoon and a lighter at the time of his arrest.In a statement released on Sept. 5, Nardone emphasized Hall was not a certified staff member for the district, stated Hall “will not be returning to Gilbert High School.”

  • Tempe win over McClintock another chapter in longtime rivalry

    Tempe High School took home another victory after a slow start against McClintock High School Friday evening, marking the third consecutive win for the Buffaloes in the oldest Tempe school rivalry.The Tempe High Buffalos (3-0) dominated the McClintock Chargers (1-2) with a final score of 36-10 on Sept. 12. Early scoring by the Chargers propelled Tempe’s offensive and defensive lines to take over the game after the first quarter.“We started off slow, but we were able to get back,” said Tempe head coach Brian Walker.McClintock and Tempe have been rival schools since the establishment of McClintock in 1964. Tempe, established in 1909, and McClintock are the oldest schools in the Tempe Union High School District.While the McClintock facility was being built, future McClintock students attended Tempe high classes until spring of 1964. The rivalry set in shortly after the completion of the new school on the block. The Charger community is celebrating its 50th year anniversary as a Tempe school this year.McClintock Principal Derek Hoffland, who has worked with both schools for over 20 years, has seen the rivalry grow over time. Students who go to McClintock and Tempe often attended the same middle school, he said, adding more excitement to the rivalry through familiar faces.

  • Gilbert, East Valley remembers 9/11 victims at annual ceremony

    Residents of Gilbert and the rest of the East Valley spent the last week remembering the events of 9/11 during several ceremonies and events.The town of Gilbert hosted its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Gilbert ceremony was hosted in front of Town Hall and right by an 8-foot beam that once belonged to the towers in New York, and the ceremony included a joint honor guard by the Gilbert fire and police departments, as well as the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department’s pipe and drum band.The event also included a speech from Gilbert Fire Department Fire Chief Jim Jobusch spoke about the devastation that occurred both that day and in the ensuing years. He talked about the thousands of soldiers killed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders who have died as a result of sifting through the remnants of the tower. A number of responders from that day and people who lived near World Trade Plaza — around 1,100 according to a 2013 CNN article — have either developed or died from lung diseases and cancers from the toxins in the air.“And, unfortunately, there will be many more,” he said.Mayor John Lewis spoke about his efforts to explain 9/11 to a group of Cub Scouts, none of whom were alive during the events. It’s difficult, he said, for those children to understand the feelings that floated through the country and the days following, but events such as the one Gilbert hosted serve as reminders for the past.“We gather to remember, to pray … to put our hands over our hearts, to meditate and to give a call to the next generation a call to carry on the cause for freedom,” he said.

  • Skyline scores messy 28-18 win over Corona

    It wasn’t a pretty win by any stretch of the imagination, but Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi is just happy to have the victory.The Coyotes had several costly penalties and other errors but survived a late push by Corona del Sol to hang on for a 28-18 win.“We played sloppy,” Paffumi said. “We played very sloppy, we let personal fouls and things affect our play and we gotta mature and we gotta get better.”The Coyotes jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a six-yard run by running back Dylon Gillette and a tricky double-reverse pass where wide receiver Cory Anderson found wide receiver Manny Ruiz wide open down the left side for a 41-yard score.Backup quarterback Gaige Carter led the Aztecs in place of normal starter Matt Asta, who coach Cory Nenaber said was out with a hip injury. Carter finished 12-of-26 for 132 yards and two touchdowns.Carter got the Aztecs on the board in the second quarter on a 10-yard scoring toss to wideout Tyler Stehr but the extra point was no good, which left the Aztecs in a 14-6 hole. Later, with the Aztecs down 28-12 with less than a minute remaining, Carter connected again with Stehr again on a 52-yard scoring pass.

  • Mesa preschool accuses Groupon of religious discrimination

    A local business is accusing popular deal-of-the-day provider Groupon of discrimination and is urging a boycott.Munchkin’s Preschool in Mesa said the international company refuses to work with it due to a policy that prohibits its use of the words “faith-based” in its advertising.Tracy Tingue, a partner of Munchkin’s Preschool, contacted Groupon to set up a campaign to attract business to the new school, something he said other local preschools and day cares have used and is a key part of the school’s business strategy.Tingue said what Groupon told him was that the savings giant simply would not do business with the school.“They’re saying who can and can’t do business with them,” he said.“I don’t have to purchase every Groupon that comes to me, I have a choice. Give the (consumer) that same choice.”

  • Cocktail of the Month: Raspberry Mint Mule-Jito

    Looking for a cool refresher with a little kick? This cocktail from Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill packs a nice punch, balanced by the soothing fizz of ginger beer. Sounds like just the ticket after a long week at the office.6 raspberries5 mint leaves1 lemon wedge1 lime wedge1 oz. Bacardi rum

  • Fall Movie Preview: ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Unbroken’ lead autumn drumbeat

    Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.”Looking for a diamond in the rough, the actress-turned-director searched the movies that studios owned but weren’t making.“So I scanned through these generals and landed on ‘Unbroken,’ a story of resilience and strength and the human spirit, of faith and survival at sea,” says Jolie. “It was about three sentences and I came home and I said to Brad, ‘What about this one?’ And he said, ‘Oh, honey, that one’s been around forever.’ It had a reputation for being one that never gets done.”But “Unbroken” — the true tale of Louis Zamperini, a track star who was lost in the Pacific for 47 days after his plane was shot down during World War II — stuck with Jolie, even though it had been kicking around Hollywood for decades. “It was like a fever, an obsession,” she says.“So I fought for it and I fought for it and I fought for it,” says Jolie. “It took me months of fighting to get the job.”Even for the world’s most famous stars, determination is a necessary ingredient for the fall movie season. Few of the fall’s films haven’t had to claw their way to theaters. It’s a season for the movies’ most unconventional thinkers, the ones dedicated to making a tragic Olympic wrestler drama (“Foxcatcher”) or finding humor in North Korea (“The Interview”).

  • Dancers ply their art outside in ‘Ballet Under the Stars’

    Ballet Arizona kicks off its 29th season Sept, 18 at Tempe Center for the Arts with the return of “Ballet Under the Stars” — a free annual community performance.Ballet Arizona started “Ballet Under the Stars” 17 years ago, bringing a full show, free of charge to various parks and amphitheaters throughout the Valley.The outdoor production provides a unique experience for the audience and dancers alike.“It’s very different than the theater because we are outdoors,” said Ballet Arizona dancer Nayon Iovino. “It’s so open outside and very peaceful.”While the nontraditional production allows the audience to experience their surroundings and the performance in a collaborative way, the dancers face several challenges with the outdoor setting, including the unpredictability of the weather.Ballerina Michelle Vagi says sometimes the lighting can be disorienting to the dancers when they first enter the stage. The wind can also pose a challenge during the performance, added Iovino, who choreographed one of the numbers for “Ballet Under the Stars.”

  • Football Friday Night Out

    Tailgating is fine and dandy — and definitely fun if you’ve got the time — but if like us you’ve got five things to do before kickoff and no time for packing the cooler, here are five places to grab a bite before or after the big game.Skyline at Corona del SolThis contest looks to be a matchup of standout running games. Corona del Sol running back Colin Freeland is averaging nearly 8 yards per carry. The Aztecs also have a stout defense led by defensive end/linebacker Cassius Peat, a three-star prospect. Their defense will be tested against Skyline’s two-headed monster of a backfield led by Amarii Keyes and Dylon Gillette, who both average more than 9 yards per rush.Babbo Italian Eatery(480) 785-5700 or babboitalian.com9920 S. Rural Road. Suite 105, Tempe (.5 mile from Corona del Sol HS)

  • Eat up: East Valley dining news

    Rockin’ Taco Street Fest at El PalacioChandler’s El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina (2950 E. Germann Road) will host the Rockin’ Taco Street Fest from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The event includes a taco-eating contest and a salsa competition, live entertainment, a street taco station, margarita hut, Corona’s sand bar and beach games. Admission is $5 per person with kids 12 and younger admitted for free. Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a vacation getaway courtesy of Wyndham Vacations. Additional raffle tickets are available for $5 each or two for $8. Tickets are available at RockinTacoAZ.com or at the door.Both the taco-eating contest and the salsa competition are open to the public, with the winner of the taco-eating contest taking home $50 cash, while the top three salsa competition winners will be awarded gift cards to El Palacio of Chandler. The salsa competition requires pre-registration online at RockinTacoAZ.com no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.A percentage of the proceeds of the event will benefit Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ.TD for taste buds: Free Cardinals cupcakes at SprinklesOn Sunday, Sept. 14, in honor of the Cardinals’ first 2014 away game against the New York Giants, Sprinkles is offering guests wearing Cardinals jerseys, shirts or hats a free Cardinals red velvet cupcake with a limit of one per customer. If fans need a whole box to feed a hungry game-watching crowd, Sprinkles is also taking preorders for boxes of “Go Cards” cupcakes, which include a dozen red velvet cupcakes with red and white polka dots proclaiming “Go Cards.” Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Road. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. For more information, call (480) 970-4321 or visit Sprinkles.com

  • Ten things to do this weekend and beyond

    Old Crow Medicine ShowThe Americana string band who combine an old-time bluegrass and folk sound with the energy of punk rock are touring in support of their latest album “Remedy.”DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $25-$35. (480) 644-6500 or MesaArtsCenter.com.Anthony JeselnikThe former “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” writer and host of Comedy Central’s “The Jeselnik Offensive” performs his dark comedy routine for a three-day set at Stand Up Live.DETAILS>> Thursday. Sept. 11 to Saturday, Sept. 15. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25. (480) 719-6100 or StandUpLive.com

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  • Mesa preschool accuses Groupon of religious discrimination

    A local business is accusing popular deal-of-the-day provider Groupon of discrimination and is urging a boycott.Munchkin’s Preschool in Mesa said the international company refuses to work with it due to a policy that prohibits its use of the words “faith-based” in its advertising.Tracy Tingue, a partner of Munchkin’s Preschool, contacted Groupon to set up a campaign to attract business to the new school, something he said other local preschools and day cares have used and is a key part of the school’s business strategy.Tingue said what Groupon told him was that the savings giant simply would not do business with the school.“They’re saying who can and can’t do business with them,” he said.“I don’t have to purchase every Groupon that comes to me, I have a choice. Give the (consumer) that same choice.”

  • Valley Honda dealers give local firefighters free lunch

    Six fire stations in the Phoenix metro area, including Tempe and Mesa, received free food from the Honda’s task force known as the “Helpful Guys in Blue.”Honda is doing a Helping the Helpful campaign this September, performing what it calls “random acts of helpfulness” across the Valley.

  • Fuel costs dip again, lower than 2013 cost

    The price to fill the tank continued its recent slid this week and is now dropped below last year’s prices.AAA Arizona reports the average cost is down by 2 cents to $3.394 a gallon, part of a dip of almost 10 cents in the past month. Tucson and Flagstaff hold down the low and high averages at $3.258 and $3.640, respectively.The national average fell by a cent to $3.422 a gallon.

  • Local businesses make improvements at Mesa Ronald McDonald House

    A collection of local businesses made improvements on the Valley’s newest Ronald McDonald House.Engenuity Systems, Small Box Energy and Dataline Resource combined to give the Mesa charity a building automation system with security and HVAC. The Ronald McDonald House hosts families who travel to Phoenix for their child's medical treatment.The new Mesa house, located at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, is the third in the greater Phoenix area and the first in the East Valley. The three Valley houses will be able to host 79 families.The construction occurs during a $2.1 million capital campaign by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. Banner Health said the campaign is approximately halfway to completion and is expected to finish later this year.

  • Gilbert among best places in US for Hispanic businesses

    The best place in Arizona for a Hispanic business to open its doors is in Gilbert — at least in part because Latinos there, on average, earn more than anywhere else in the country.A new study by WalletHub also found that Gilbert had the fourth highest ratio of Hispanic homeowners to renters, the 12th lowest unemployment rate of Hispanics and the 18th longest workday for Hispanics.Odysseas Papadimitriou, chief executive of the Evolution Finance, the consumer finance information company that runs WalletHub, said that last factor is something someone starting a business might want to consider.“He wants to go more to where people tend to work longer hours,” Papadimitriou said.“In a small company, in a start-up, people work even longer than in most places,” he explained. “So you have less of a cultural shock, if you will, if people are already used to working nine hours, and you're asking them to work 10 hours, that's not that big of a deal.”Chandler came in 10th nationwide, bolstered by those factors of low Hispanic unemployment and high percentage of homeowners. Scottsdale managed to claim the No. 22 spot out of the 150 largest communities nationwide, gaining its ranking mostly because of having the third lowest unemployment rate among Hispanics nationwide — and despite having one of the least affordable housing markets. Scottsdale also was marked down for having the lowest number of Hispanics per capita in the state and the most expensive office space.

  • Tempe education company listed among fastest growing in US

    A Tempe-based post-secondary education marketing company earned a spot among the country’s fastest-growing, privately held companies of 2014.In a list published by Inc.com, a website that provides advice for growing businesses, Higher Ed Growth was one of 5,000 privately held companies in the United States featured as the fastest growing of its kind. The list measured the total growth of privately owned companies over a three-year span, from 2010 to 2013. Percentage of revenue increase for each company varied from 42 percent to 158,957 percent.Higher Ed Growth finished at 4,791 and raised $8 million in revenue — representing a 49 percent increase — in three years, according to Inc.com.The company was founded in 2007 by Arizona State University graduates Frank Healy, who is president and CEO, Eric Flottman, chief operating officer, and Adam Carlson, chief technology officer.Higher Ed Growth connects hundreds of higher education schools such as private colleges and state universities to prospective students as a way for schools to boost enrollment rates and to offer easier opportunities for those who want to begin or continue a college education. Healy said the majority of those who enroll with colleges through Higher Ed Growth fall between 27 and 40 years old. They are often former students who are looking to either continue a degree that was never finished or they want to continue on for a master’s or Ph.D.Today, Higher Ed Growth connects students with more than 300 higher educational facilities nationwide.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Boessling: A full life

    When you stare death in the face one day, which we all will have to do, will you be able to say, “I have lived a full life? I am ready to die.” Wait! I know death is not a popular subject, but please don’t turn the page just yet to the sports section to catch up on high school football stats. I would ask you to just give me a few minutes of your time to describe a full life that you can live in and through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.Maybe you have heard the story of the philosophy professor who teaches his class about the importance of setting priorities. He fills a jar with rocks and asks his students if the jar is full; they all agree it is. He then continues filling the jar with pebbles, which roll into the empty spots and asks the students again if the jar is full and again they say yes. Now, he pours a box of sand into the jar and the sand fills the remaining space in the jar. The professor then explains to the students that only now is the jar full. He shared with them that this symbolizes their life. Let’s look at that deeper from a Christian perspective.First and foremost, a full life is found not in earthly pebbles and sandy possessions. When I was in high school some 15 years ago, there were two bumper stickers I saw a lot on cars. The first one was, “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins.” But someone came out with another creative sticker to remind people of the reality of life and death, “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Still Dies.” When possessions of this world are the first to go into your jar, life can really leave you lifeless and empty searching for meaning. And boy do we like to fill our lives with other stuff.Sitting down to sip on some coffee with a few friends recently, each of us were describing our week here in Gilbert.Our conversation was filled with many things that we do on this earth, week in and week out. We are all busy with the hustle and bustle of our routines while also trying to keep up with everyone else in the rat race of life. What’s that show called, Keeping up with the ... who? But upon reflecting, we agreed that the pursuit of happiness can sometimes lead us to put all our time, talents and treasures into filling our lives with boats, cabins, cars, trips and treasures. Now, don’t read me wrong, none of these are bad things to do and enjoy. However, if we are living to be filled up by them, we will at some point find ourself empty, dry, depressed or dead. Then what? Jesus reminds us where to focus our lives, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).Rather than focusing first on the sand or the pebbles, a full life is found through faith by grace in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection who is the Rock and Redeemer. If the professor had put the sand in first, then there would have been no room in the jar for the rocks. Life must first be filled with the rocks, the most important stuff! Jesus knows that we will keep trying to fill our God-shaped hole in our heart with stuff other than Him, the Rock of all Ages. But if you have ever felt empty from life’s attempt to complete you, Jesus wants you to know that anyone can, “Come to Me (Him), all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-30). Your life can be filled up by Jesus’ Spirit through His Word and your baptism, instead of by stuff that fades.

  • Take me Home: Beautiful Bailey is a lot of fun

    Bailey is a beautiful 1-year-old gal with bunny-like fur and a very loud purr. If you walk into a room and see her lying on her back with all four paws in the air, it’s her subtle way to solicit belly rubs. Bailey is very friendly — once she is standing upright again, she’ll rub against you in greeting with the hope of soliciting more petting. Bailey is content to sit next to you but isn’t above taking advantage of an empty lap either. She allows you to hold her like a baby and will not only give you sweet kitty-kisses of thanks — she’s been known to throw in some nose kisses as well.Bailey is very animated when it comes to playtime and becomes downright silly. She is super playful and enjoys playing with a wide range of toys. Bailey loves chasing the laser light and toy mice with feathers attached to them. Wand toys of all types never fail to captivate Bailey and she also likes playing with her kitty roommates. She’ll even engage them in a friendly wrestling match or two. Some other fun facts about this sweet girl: Bailey is an accomplished hairstylist, grooming your hair into a style suited just for you. She is also a very good eater and will ensure that not one morsel is left in her dish. If interested in learning more about Bailey, fill out an application for her today at www.azrescue.org.

  • Arizona sees slight overall increase in abortions in 2013

    More than 13,000 Arizona women terminated their pregnancies last year by abortion, a slight increase from the year before.A new report Thursday from the state Department of Health Services shows the abortion rate — the percentage of pregnancies that were terminated by the mother — increased slight to 10.3 per 1,000 women. And the percentage of pregnancies that ended in abortion also increased among most age groups. Overall in Arizona, the abortion ratio was 155.8 — meaning 155 abortions for every 1,000 live births.Tiny Greenlee County was highest at 536, meaning a third of all pregnancies there ended in abortions. Among other counties, Pima County was second at 176; Apache County's ratio was less than 13.0.State Health Director Will Humble said he finds the most significant thing in the report to be the sharp drop in the rate of abortions among 18- and 19-year-old girls — the number of abortions based on how many girls there are in Arizona of that age — dropping by a third.He said this comes at the same time that teen pregnancy also is down.But Humble said this may have less to do with levels of sexual activity and more with the availability of contraceptives. The leading factor there, he said, could be the decision last year by the Food and Drug administration to make Plan B — the “morning-after pill” — available to all women of child-bearing age over the counter without prescription.Cathi Herrod, president of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy, said Humble may be right in his analysis. She said no one collects data about how many doses of the drug are made available to teens.

  • Keeping the Faith: I remember

    I was in the hardware store when I first heard the news, though I did not know what I was hearing. As the cashier tallied my purchase, I overheard a reporter on the store’s radio make the peculiar announcement that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. At the time, I thought of it as little more than a curiosity. How wrong I was.It’s been ten years since that September morning, and still I can recall the horror and heroics of that day. The pancaking towers, the daring and duty-bound firefighters, the dust-soaked city of New York, and the ash-covered-walking-wounded, stumbling like ghosts through Manhattan.Each September since 9/11, when the proper and solemn remembrance ceremonies begin, I am tempted to believe the now faded bumper stickers that were so common in the months following the tragedy: The stickers read, “We Will Never Forget.” Not true. We will forget.No, those who lived in the cities directly attacked will never forget. Those who huddled around television sets as bewildered and confused witnesses will never forget. And of course, those who buried their loved ones murdered in the attacks would easier forget their own names as forget that Tuesday morning.But those following us will forget. They are not calloused or forgetful. They are simply too young. Most of the students who entered college this fall were in elementary school ten years ago, and many of this generation (including my own children), were even younger or not yet born.This is more than a generation that thinks Starbucks and cell phones were created shortly after Adam and Eve; that can text eighty words a minute, but can’t write in cursive; that has never known the limitation of having only three network television channels, and can’t imagine life without Google and YouTube. This is a generation that will come to maturity in the shadow of a dreadful event not even in their collective memory.

  • Keeping the Faith: Stay in school

    The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the surly bonds of summer, and head back to school.In the coming days — and in some regions the academic year is well under way already — this country’s 130,000 public and private schools will be firing on all cylinders, spending $600 billion on the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic; employing some four million teachers, and educating more than 60 million children. Of course many who have completed their secondary education will now proceed to college, technical school, or university.My counsel is to go back to school every autumn as long as the administration will allow it — not to avoid the employment line or devour your parents’ purse mind you — but to learn all you can. And more so, to learn to become a learner: For when you stop learning, the proverb goes, you’ve stopped living.This applies even to those who have the parchment hanging on the wall, those in well-established careers, and to those who haven’t set foot onto a school yard in decades. We are always in school, or at least we should be, and those who feel they have matriculated to the point of knowing all they ever need to know have given up on a large part of living.Review your own education. You began with phonetics and pronunciation, the beginnings of how to read. You learned about numbers and basic mathematics. You were taught elementary history. You got to finger paint or draw pictures in art class.As you progressed, you repeated the same lessons, the same subjects, and the same material but always with increasing breadth and greater depth. What began as basic pronunciation eventually became ability to read Shakespeare and Dickinson. Simple mathematics became the building blocks for geometric calculations and a career in engineering.

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