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Reader says Plenty of Dedicated Teachers ,the Ridgewood Board of Education not so Much

I have been so lucky to find dedicated and interested and motivated teachers for my kids from k all the way through the high school. There have been one or 2 who are absolutely apathetic or just plain bad at their jobs. 99% have gone way above and beyond for my kids.
At every turn I am disappointed with the majority of the administration, the BOE and their never ending ability to pass the buck. Nothing changes. Nothing gets done. Spend more give less. Just playing in to the business side of education. No one I can locate in the BOE or main offices of the Ridgewood schools takes ANY responsibility for Ridgewood schools or seems to give a leap about children or education.
That stumps me and THAT never had changed. Ever.

4 thoughts on “Reader says Plenty of Dedicated Teachers ,the Ridgewood Board of Education not so Much

  1. There are two candidates running for Board of Ed. on the ballot. I don’t have a clue about either of them. Could someone explain what they stand for.

  2. Nope, I still think the teachers are the biggest issue and agree with the comments on another post: 25% of the teachers are good, 25% are average and 50% are bad and protected by tenure. They stay on because they know it is a good deal despite their whining about how underpaid they are, blah, blah. Union ties the BOE’s hands and there should be more accountability and performance goals for teachers. I have not seen the dedication from many that I fortunately remember seeing when I was a in school many years ago.

  3. Sorry but with the exception of 2 or 3 teachers and 1 vicious administrator my 2 kids loved and respected their teachers here in Ridgewood….

  4. Re: ““Nope, I still think the teachers are the biggest issue and agree with the comments on another post: 25% of the teachers are good, 25% are average and 50% are bad and protected by tenure”
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    I know education and I know RW teachers and admin, and I generally agree with the earlier thread’s post and 9:15 above. The 25/25/50 numbers may not be exact, but they are close enough. A RW education has skewed from being a highly focused academically rich and superior education providing obvious real life competitive advantages for its students to become a (still) very solid education albeit one with too many “socially acceptable” initiatives This has muddied and diluted the USABLE VALUE of the student’s education resulting in a reduction of the competitive advantage a RW education used to provide.
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    This is due to BOTH the teachers AND the administration.
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    For reference here is a repost of the post referenced by 9:15 above from the earlier thread:
    “2:24 – Glad you’ve encountered good teachers – you got lucky.
    The overall good to bad teacher ratio most definitely DOES NOT match your experience of 99:1… The distribution is more like 25% good 25% average 50% bad.
    I’ve worked diligently to thread the needle and navigate through the many bad teachers to make sure my children got placed in classes with top teachers.”

    (Note “2:24” is a reference to a poster in the earlier thread)
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