816 North Opinion

School is becoming more challenging across the Northland

Updated: 2013-11-19T20:05:53Z

By RICHARD ESPINOZA

The Kansas City Star

I introduced my kids to Calvin and Hobbes over the weekend, and what I’d meant to be a few minutes of fun reading turned into a two-hour comic strip marathon. I loved seeing the humor of my childhood fresh again through my boys’ eyes.

The parents of Winnetonka High School students will get that same joy this week when they watch students run through the old Monty Python gags embedded in their school play, Spamalot. Around the metro area, teenagers are stretching their skills with challenging stage productions that might rely heavily on the quirky humor of another generation or complicated props. Jonathan Bender’s story in this week’s 816 North is full of colorful examples.

Plays aren’t the only things getting more challenging in schools. Also this week, Jill Sederstrom takes a look at high school graduation requirements that might be changing. And, Jill reports in another story, North Kansas City is looking into putting kids on a year-round schedule at two elementary schools.

The North Kansas City school board will talk about both issues next month. Read up on the proposals today in 816 North so you can make your voice heard at the public meeting.

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