More than ever, education is being dragged into an arena that thrives with a 24-hour news cycle and equally relentless social media. No matter what a local school district does, it will almost certainly hear from vocal proponents and opponents (while the vast middle ground quietly goes about other business).
However, in Ramsey, we have the Profile of a Ramsey Graduate, our North Star that sets rigorous goals for each student and culminates with mastery of content, key competencies, and skills. Borne of community input, it brought us together just a few years ago and should continue to unite and guide us.
In addition to rigorous curriculum and innovative instruction, we give students the tools and environments they need to hone critical thinking skills. We are preparing them for their futures, not the futures today’s adults prepared for so long ago.
Some of the national debate surrounding education is focused on topics and buzzwords that have been misunderstood, misrepresented, or misapplied to New Jersey and/or Ramsey School District. Contrary to social media legend, the Board of Education does not have carte blanche on learning standards. Ramsey is required to develop curricula to comply with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. How those standards are implemented is up to each district. Boards of Education rely on educational experts to determine the curricula that will meet state standards, as well as student and community needs. However, relying doesn’t equate to rubber-stamping.
If you feel the curriculum is overstepping our mission, I invite you to share your concerns directly. Only by having open and honest dialogue will we separate fact vs. fiction and make our district the best it can be. We need to unite behind not only the community-driven graduate profile, but our long-standing commitment to excellence in our schools.