Is the Blue Ribbon School thing a real accomplishment, or just a participation trophy for schools willing to jump through the hoops of applying?

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If it was a participation trophy then everyone who applies/participates would get the moniker, but that isn’t the case here, is it?

in WI, it actually means something. You definitely recognize those who earn it are actually good schools. I've worked in several as well as had my own kids in them. I can definitely see how it is a real achievement.

https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/background/?PageSpeed=noscript

Mostly, it seems to be recognition for "good" schools, meaning schools that enroll mostly kids from stable homes with educated parents. That's what most Americans generally mean when they talk about "good schools."

from my experience, I've known plenty of schools in low economic situations with parents not very educated nor stable who have been awarded this. Again, just my experiences and knowledge, not sure how MI works.

I think the schools that have won this, actually made efforts to do so. So, I can’t call this a scam.

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