As the school year begins, one issue looms larger than ever before — our children’s safety. Safety, not only from violence that has indiscriminately struck across our nation, but also from ills that we are all too familiar with like drugs and disease. A report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and prevention lists “the absence of a spiritual life” as one of the primary factors for behavioral problems in at-risk youth. As we send our children back to school with high hopes for achievements in academics, athletics, art, music and all the other activities they are involved in, let us not forget their spiritual education. Let us not neglect the education that gives them something to lean on when we’re not always there, the education that enhances everything else they do in their lives. May all of Malibu’s children enjoy a safe and successful school year.