Two weeks ago, a list of the best public school districts in the U.S. was published. Normally I don’t put much faith in these subjective top-10′s, but when I saw who was ranked #1, I knew they got it right. No, it wasn’t LIC/PS78, …yet, but we’ll get to that. Instead, it was Edgemont, a small school district in southern Westchester. As it turns out, the Editor of this rag grew up in Edgemont.
While a lot of people may focus on academics as the reason for its top ranking, I can tell you as an insider and as anyone who grew up in Edgemont will confirm, this is just one piece of the winning formula. Now I’d be the first to say that I had some outstanding teachers, whose influence is still imbedded in me today. But there were also a handful of clunkers, just like in any great school district.
Setting academics aside (for the time being let’s just call it the fixed variable. Though some may view it as immovable), there are two other equally important pieces of the puzzle: Continue reading