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As A Frequent Critic of the Ridgewood School Board We Are Forced to Admit the Kids Are Alright

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Ridgewood NJ, as long time readers recognize we are no big fan of the people running the Ridgewood schools but on the other hand our students should be recognized as great students which they are.

See attached download from https://www.nj.com/education/2019/05/see-the-sat-scores-for-every-nj-public-high-school.html

One look at the New Jersey SAT scores shows special vocational schools dominate the top 20, but Ridgewood and  Northern Highlands both got in their to the credit of parents ,teachers and tutors against some pretty difficult competition.

We seem to have a group of readers so set on their dislike of the superintendent and staff that they are blind to the fact that the kids are great (maybe in spite of the shortcomings people observe).

Our kids are not doing poorly as so many seem to want to say.

5 thoughts on “As A Frequent Critic of the Ridgewood School Board We Are Forced to Admit the Kids Are Alright

  1. Kids are getting private tuition for SAT.

  2. Meanwhile the angry mob ousted a very good man with the best intentions for our kids. And inserted someone that doesn’t seem dedicated and they can’t get any good people to apply for the open position. No damage control will fix this. This community is ready for a change agent.

  3. the rouge BOE has to go

  4. It’s a complicated topic. What makes kids great? Their SATs? Overall IQ? Their attitude towards overcoming adversity? Industriousness? Ethical grounding? A tough one.

    Second complication is, what drives how well they do in all these criteria? How do you effectively quantify contribution from individual teachers, overall school program quality, parents, and just plain genetics?

    To do this analysis scientifically is too much for any parent. Even a Ridgewood parent!

    From a practical stand point, we want to ensure the best for our kids. And the way to do it is, keep pressure on teachers and BOE to keep delivering better results, spend extra on tutors, sports, etc as a parent… and keep property prices high to keep only dedicated (to education) families moving in to the village.

  5. “Meanwhile the angry mob ousted a very good man with the best intentions for our kids.”

    Likely story.

    Ridgewood’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Development at the time, Ms. Regina Botsford, another unrepentent reform math zealot, resigned shortly thereafter.

    That’s what’s called, in the business, a “win-win”.

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