Isn’t it just like a Ridgewood BOE trustee to label fact as “misinformation” when they themselves are so misinformed? One would have thought they learned long ago not to rely solely on what Cottage Place administrators tell them. For the administrators are notorious for spinning half truths and leaving out pertinent information when conveying information to the board and the public.
In larger governing bodies, legislators have staff members who research and ferret out the truth when given information by government administrators. These staffers do not automatically believe everything they are told by the bureaucrats. After all, elected officials have an oversight responsibility. Therefore their staff members provide the knowledge for them to speak intelligently to the topic.
Granted, Ridgewood’s BOE doesn’t have the luxury of staff members to verify the validity of what they are told by the bureaucrats at Cottage Place. But that doesn’t excuse their confusion of the role the administrators perform and believe them to be serving as unbiased staffers. They must resist the temptation to believe everything they are told by Cottage Place administrators, carte blanche.
They owe the public more. They must do their own research. If they are to have any credibility with their constituents, they must investigate and learn abut the issues and topics before them. To continue to assume that the administrators are there to serve them like staff members is folly. The administration has an agenda all its own and it does not always, like any government agency, necessarily have the interests of the politicians or their constituents at heart.
Ms. Goodman has proven herself lazy by parroting half truths and falsehood provided her by the bureaucrats at Cottage Place. She is now paying the price, chastised in public by citizens who possess far more knowledge of the subject and the politics surrounding the quest to reinstate a world class elementary math program in Ridgewood. Ms. Goodman has learned a valuable lesson. One can only hope that entire BOE has learned from her mistake as well.