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Reader asks , ” Why hasn’t Ridgewood done enough to keep up and stay competitive?”

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“The Ivy’s received almost 70,000 more applicants in 2017 than in 2012, and overall acceptance rates dropped to 9.3% from 12.6%.”
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EXACTLY.
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Why hasn’t Ridgewood done enough to keep up and stay competitive?
Answer: Because the school values all of the BS (sleep in days, pet therapist for exams, student walkouts against perceieved – but not real – trangressions, etc. etc. etc.) rather than innovative programs and solutions to make the students successful and competitive in an ever more competitive and changing world.
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The attitude that life (in this case getting into college) is getting harder so it is OK that we do not do as well is EXACTLY why we are failing the students and falling behind.
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Making excuses for failure is so much easier than finding solutions for success.

3 thoughts on “Reader asks , ” Why hasn’t Ridgewood done enough to keep up and stay competitive?”

  1. I don’t think that is what the point is. The real point of debate is that I / we have not seen any evidence that our students are falling behind. Only comments from people saying it is happening. The only evidence I have seen is this:
    https://www.schooldigger.com/go/NJ/schools/1383000764/school.aspx?t=tbRankings
    and this
    https://www.schooldigger.com/go/NJ/schools/1383000764/school.aspx?t=tbRankings

    which show RHS did seem to have a slight dip 2011 2012 but has since come back up to it historical top ranking levels. I have also not seen the results that show our students are not getting into top schools. The stuff I have seen showed quite the opposite. I am genuinely interested to see something that shows this decline people are making comments about but I have not seen it.

  2. Just as a spot check since everybody here seems to use Ivy League as the litmus test, I just spot checked them all and RHS has a better acceptance rate at the Ivy League schools than those schools publish as their public acceptance rates since 2014. So a higher percentage of RHS kids get accepted compared to the rest of the country. This is also consistent with my memory of my personal experience going back although I don’t have the older data (as a parent). That is a real fact, which is even more impressive when one considers those schools all employ some form affirmative action for students from schools that have different racial, ethnic profiles and are from locations in other areas of the country in an effort to have a more diverse student body (which would seem to make it even more difficult for a typical RHS student). Where is the “fact that top schools are not interested in our students”? I continue to be interested to see something supporting all the comments that there is some kind of decline. Everything seems to be quite the opposite. I am genuiinely interested to see something, other than some silly anecdote or general unsupported comment. By the way, Glen Rock High seems to do pretty well too.

  3. Just as a spot check since everybody here seems to use Ivy League as the litmus test, I just spot checked them all and RHS has a better acceptance rate at the Ivy League schools than those schools publish as their public acceptance rates since 2014. So a higher percentage of RHS kids get accepted compared to the rest of the country. This is also consistent with my memory of my personal experience going back although I don’t have the older data (as a parent). That is a real fact, which is even more impressive when one considers those schools all employ some form affirmative action for students from schools that have different racial, ethnic profiles and are from locations in other areas of the country in an effort to have a more diverse student body (which would seem to make it even more difficult for a typical RHS student). Where is the “fact that top schools are not interested in our students”? I continue to be interested to see something supporting all the comments that there is some kind of decline. Everything seems to be quite the opposite. I am genuinely interested to see something, other than some silly anecdote or general unsupported comment. By the way, Glen Rock High seems to do pretty well too.

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