Thought Bubble | Many classic books worth the effort

Books are categorized as classics on the basis that no matter when you read it, the book will always be relevant. 

Some of the most commonly known classics are “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Of Mice and Men,” mainly because they are both taught in high school English classes. Though most classics are widely known, people still tend to be hesitant to read them. Some classics can be very beneficial to read though —that’s what makes them classics. They have stood the test of time and continue to do so. 

Editorial Briefs | Winter sports finishing strong

Wrestling finished another strong season with two state placers and boys basketball got a playoff win for the first time since 2017. The girls face Kansas City Christian tonight and the boys play Jefferson County North at Mission Valley 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It was great to see a return of school spirit, as the parents and pep band participated in an '80s theme Monday night, and it makes us even more excited to eventually pack the gym again.

OPINION | Inadequate sexual education failing teenagers

The sex education at USD 329 is inadequate, and it doesn’t prepare teens for a sexually healthy future. 

Kansas schools are required to teach sexual health education as part of high school physical education curriculum. The curriculum is not required to be comprehensive, meaning that it would teach about abstinence as the best method for avoiding STDs and unintended pregnancy, but also teaches about evidence-based information, condoms and contraception to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and of infection with STDs, including HIV. Comprehensive sex ed also teaches interpersonal and communication skills and helps young people explore their own values, goals and options. 

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