Tradition of Excellence ?
Ridgewood School District promotes wellness
Editors Note : better balance or encouraging laziness and failure or maybe schools should focus on more substantive learning instead of all this PC gobble-gong ?
Monday February 25, 2013, 2:06 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
The Ridgewood News
Reel Link Films, the organization behind the 2009 documentary “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” has featured Ridgewood High School (RHS) in documentary spots, commending its recent initiatives for student wellness. Highlighted are its homework-free school breaks and occasional “sleep-in days,” which began last June.
“It’s happening in Ridgewood, New Jersey,” said filmmaker Vicki Abeles in an email sent to supporters this January.
In an online sample letter advocating homework-free breaks, which the Race to Nowhere team encourages individuals to send to their district representatives, the team calls Ridgewood a “success story.”
But, all this begs the questions, have RHS’ breaks and later school start times been a success?
Based on the responses of some administrators and parents, some of whom may have seen their children do schoolwork during February break this past week, the answer seems to be that there have been positive changes, but some issues have stayed at the status quo.