our Kansas prairie
Redefining school boundaries is always a hot topic. The following is a letter to the editor that my co-worker, Jan, had published in the Kansas City Star on Saturday, October 23rd.
Cheers for Shawnee Mission North High
As a parent of two students who graduated from Shawnee Mission North and a teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District, I would like to respond to the recent parental concerns about the educational standards of Shawnee Mission North High School. I can personally attest to the excellence of North at all levels.
My son received advanced instruction in college-level mathematics courses taught by an instructor with his doctorate in math. While attending Princeton University, he took a comparable math course that he thought was taught at an inferior level to the course he had taken at North.
However, I feel Shawnee Mission North’s outstanding feature is its diversity. My daughter had a friend who spent a summer in New York City. When I asked her what it was like in such a diverse city, she responded, “It was really just like being at North.”
I think that is the highest compliment a school can receive, to say it has prepared its students both academically and personally to be citizens of the global community.