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By Patrice Apodaca | March 29, 2014
It's no secret that significant changes are underway in education. But an easier-to-miss development is that these various paths to change, though often superficially unrelated, are converging on a central principle: Education must increasingly focus on real-world knowledge and skills. This shift from the esoteric to the practical, the ivory tower to the shop floor, is sometimes subtle, in other instances intentionally bold, and it has passionate supporters as well as critics. But in all cases it marks a profound rethinking of the nature and scope of our efforts to prepare students for the future.
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By June Casagrande | December 28, 2012
Once upon a time, it was weird to drive alone in your car with your lips moving. In the dark days before Bluetooth technology, a jabbering jaw on a bouncing head meant a driver was singing along with the radio. But a moving mouth on a stationary noggin meant the driver was arguing with an invisible leprechaun about whether she should burn down the nearest Arby's. Lucky for me, my most recent bout of behind-the-wheel babbling took place in an age when I just might have passed for sane.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
TONY DODERO As the graduates of this year's class of 2005 head out into the real world, many will be faced with real-world decisions, such as which courses to study in college and which career path to take. We all hear the stories about how schools are not preparing students for these choices and not getting them ready to face the challenges of the working world. But I'm here to tell you that at least one high school in Newport-Mesa is bucking that trend.
NEWS
March 26, 2003
Christine Carrillo For one semester, some high school students will get a chance to explore the nuances of working in the real world. Their introduction starts with a tour, they move on to an application and interview process and then, if selected, they return to the job site ready for a lesson on life. In the fall of 1996, the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Balboa Instruments Inc., formerly of Costa Mesa, joined forces to establish the Partnering Education and Community Program to inspire sophomores and juniors to stay in school, pursue a higher education and follow their dreams.
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June 3, 2007
We should all be celebrating Allison Stokke's quest for a state pole-vault championship. Instead, most folks are discussing how the Newport Harbor High School's star athlete has drawn unwanted attention on the Web for her looks. On the Internet they're known as "lurkers." In the real world they've been called "chauvinist pigs," and what's happening to Stokke is a very public display of "locker-room talk." Later this month, we'll celebrate 35 years since Title IX mandated more access to sports for high school and college female athletes.
NEWS
June 19, 2003
One of the silliest things graduates are told is "Now, you're entering the real world." High school is the real world. There are real pains and struggles, love and triumph. What graduates are entering is the real world without a safety net. Most parents make sure their children have enough to eat and a place to sleep. But soon these graduates are on their own, responsible for their everyday lives and their future. To graduates, that lack of a safety net translates into freedom.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 15, 2009
Few modern musicals are quite so devilishly inventive as “City of Angels,” the melange of fantasy and reality set in 1940s Los Angeles, cooked up by “M A S H” creator Larry Gelbart and set to music by Cy Coleman with David Zippel’s stinging lyrics. Few, as well, are so devilishly difficult to pull off successfully, besieged as they are with technical challenges and actors doing double duty. Yet the Costa Mesa Playhouse manages, for the most part, to conquer these obstacles in its latest production, directed and choreographed by Victoria Miller.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | November 29, 2007
Disney’s “Enchanted” delightfully combines animation and live acting to bridge the family entertainment gap. Bill Kelly’s screenplay tells the story of a cartoon princess from a faraway land who suddenly comes to life in nasty New York. The wicked queen throws her into a cosmic sinkhole that propels her into the Big Apple through a manhole cover in the middle of Times Square. Still wearing her giant hoop skirt, she wanders the strange streets hoping for the kindness of strangers.
NEWS
By Michael Collier | June 11, 2007
Congratulations Class of 2007 and welcome to the real world. I understand many of you think you have lived in the real world, but you may be surprised at what you find throughout your life. After high school life presents a fair amount of challenges. Maybe that's a bit understated, but you must understand it is true. Challenges you will face tomorrow and your ability to overcome them are based on the choices you make today. Most of us don't think about the daily choices we need to make.
NEWS
June 22, 2000
You made it. Three words you have no doubt heard on plenty of occasions during the last four years. They may have been shouted by your coach as you crossed the finish line in the championship meet. Or gushed by your proud parents as you showed them your college acceptance letter. Or uttered sarcastically by your friends as they awaited your arrival before heading off to a party. But this week, those three little words never meant so much: High school.
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By Patrice Apodaca | March 29, 2014
It's no secret that significant changes are underway in education. But an easier-to-miss development is that these various paths to change, though often superficially unrelated, are converging on a central principle: Education must increasingly focus on real-world knowledge and skills. This shift from the esoteric to the practical, the ivory tower to the shop floor, is sometimes subtle, in other instances intentionally bold, and it has passionate supporters as well as critics. But in all cases it marks a profound rethinking of the nature and scope of our efforts to prepare students for the future.
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By Lauren Williams | July 18, 2013
Early College High School, Costa Mesa, graduate Ruben Morales, 20, was one of several fire Explorers to get their hands a little dirty on Wednesday during a training session at Costa Mesa Fire Station 4 on Placentia Avenue. The Orange County Explorers, including several from the Costa Mesa post, learned how to use a jackhammer, move heavy objects, rescue someone and rappel down a five-story building during the one-day session. "It was pretty brutal," Saxon Lyons, 17, of Lake Forest said of using the jackhammer.
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By June Casagrande | December 28, 2012
Once upon a time, it was weird to drive alone in your car with your lips moving. In the dark days before Bluetooth technology, a jabbering jaw on a bouncing head meant a driver was singing along with the radio. But a moving mouth on a stationary noggin meant the driver was arguing with an invisible leprechaun about whether she should burn down the nearest Arby's. Lucky for me, my most recent bout of behind-the-wheel babbling took place in an age when I just might have passed for sane.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heidi Stevens, Tribune Newspapers | November 21, 2012
Parent advice From our panel of staff contributors: An elderly relative went to some extra lengths to provide foodstuffs for a younger vegan relative one recent holiday. The relative read the fine print on a cheese package labeled "vegetarian" and told our elder - apologetically - that it contained casein, which is an animal protein, and therefore she couldn't eat it. For that reason, it is good for the vegan (or her guardians) to bring some provisions and offer in advance to prepare and share them.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 21, 2012
Students in yellow hospital gowns, blue booties, hair nets and face masks stood around the chilly operating room as nurse Denise ten Bosch took them through aC-sectionprocedure. She pulled them into the imagined surgery in the labor and delivery wing to play the mother, nurse and anesthesiologist. It started with giving the mother warm blankets before the operation, then giving her an epidural and ending with making sure no sponges were left inside her. She even gave the pretend father something do. "Put a hand on her forehead," the ever-smiling ten Bosch instructed.
NEWS
By Allen Kesinger | December 4, 2010
When most people think of fantasy, chances are they'll conjure up images of dragons, damsels, swords and sorcery. One subgenre of fantasy will often contain narratives set in dark worlds, where evil runs rampant and the light of hope must wade through a sea of darkness. Dark fantasy may contain elements of traditional fantasy, but often the worlds they inhabit are grim, ugly dystopias or modern-day urban environments. No matter the setting, these works of dark fantasy are a long way from light-hearted stories of fairies and unicorns.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | November 30, 2009
Local kids scored first place recently in the local qualifier round of a worldwide robotics and technology competition put together by Lego and FIRST. The Newport Coast “Bad Robot” team of fifth- and sixth-graders won the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana earlier this month, beating out 23 other teams. “It was stunning,” said parent John Chan. “I was amazed that they beat out older kids. I think it was a little disturbing to the 13- and 14-year-olds.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 15, 2009
Few modern musicals are quite so devilishly inventive as “City of Angels,” the melange of fantasy and reality set in 1940s Los Angeles, cooked up by “M A S H” creator Larry Gelbart and set to music by Cy Coleman with David Zippel’s stinging lyrics. Few, as well, are so devilishly difficult to pull off successfully, besieged as they are with technical challenges and actors doing double duty. Yet the Costa Mesa Playhouse manages, for the most part, to conquer these obstacles in its latest production, directed and choreographed by Victoria Miller.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 28, 2009
Clad in the team-issued polka-dot vest and mismatched Converse sneakers, Josh Hogsett led the Wom-bots robotics team into battle Saturday at an Orange Coast College competition. The senior at Orange Coast Middle College High School donned his safety goggles and pit the 18-inch-tall 2400A and another robot against those from Murietta and Anaheim high schools. “It’s really rewarding to work together and put something together that works as a team,” said Hogsett, 18. The Wom-bots, named after the school’s wombat mascot, won Saturday’s qualifying competition to advance to May’s Vex Robotics World Finals in Dallas.
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