Board of Education Meets
Monday, March 11, 2019
49 Cottage Place
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The public is welcome to attend the meeting, or to watch from home on Fios channel 33 or Optimum channel 77. Meetings are also streamed via the “BOE Webcast” tab on the district website at http://www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us.
Meeting webcasts are immediately available on the district website.
Monday, March 18 to GWMS or Tuesday, March 19 to BFMS, to learn about the proposed 2019-20 school budget. Presentations will be at 7 p.m. The public vote on the budget is Tuesday, April 16. Questions on the budget can be sent to [email protected]
Selection to go to a military academy DOES have A LOT to do with internal desire. No argument there.
HOWEVER, a school IS also one of the MAJOR contributors to shaping a student into a successful military academy candidate.
Obviously the emphasis on stingent academics is a part of it, but there are many schools with sringent academics (and for the sake of this discussion will allow that Ridgewoods academics are stringent – even though I beleive they can be significantly improved).
BUT, a school also significantly influences (more than we’d like to admit) a student’s priorities. This is where Ridgewood falls down significantly.
A school DOES have a lot to do with producing attractive candidates for military academies.
1) if a student DOES NOT have drive, ambition, persistence and leadership qualities EVEN if they attend a school that prepares them for a military academy, they will never get into one.
2) if a student DOES have drive, ambition, persistence and leadership qualities and attend a school that DOES NOT prepare them for a military academy, they will never get into one.
Obviously there are other factors (parents, etc.) that are also critical to being a successful candidate, but I am limiting my comments to “school” and “internal desire”.