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>It is important to know when Bernardsville and Westfield switched over to reform math.

>Don’t you get it? If they switched after the 2003 S&P report, they achieved their high ranking without the ‘benefit’ of reform math, and were subsequently hoodwinked by slick publishing marketing techniques into making a change for change’s sake. This means that those districts are nothing but high-class suckers now, just like Ridgewood.

If you don’t like the word “disingenuous”, then how about “sociopathic”?

If you seek to defend reform math, then defend reform math! Don’t try to convince us that reform math is preferable simply by dropping the names of presumptively high achieving districts that foolishly bought into this social engineering experiment wrapped in the skin of a math curriculum.

Show us why reform math isn’t as pathetic as we all think it is compared to other math curriculums currently on the market. Show us why, despite what we have all seen with our respective two eyes, reform math isn’t devoid of critical math fact and math algorithm content.

Is it because we don’t live in Missouri that you don’t feel obligated to “show me”?

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>Public Hearing Tonight: Ordinance #3087 – Authorize Expenditure of $80K

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Installation of High Water Barriers on Village Hall Doors

Ironically, on the heels of receiving news that architect Barry Poskanzer won an award for his “flood-proof” design of the Ridgewood Village Hall renovation and expansion project, Village Council members will vote this evening on a plan to install removable “door dams” in front of all exterior doors on the lower level of Village Hall. Estimated total cost for the project is $80K.

Ridgewood Fire Headquarters, on East Glen Avenue and also in an identified “high risk” flood hazard zone, is equipped with similar devices.

See what a “door dam” looks like here:

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>Today’s NY Post-Fuzzy Math isn’t cuddly by Michelle Malkin

>November 28, 2007 — DO you know what math curriculum your child is being taught? Are you worried that your third- grader hasn’t learned simple multiplication yet? Have you been befuddled by educational jargon such as “spiraling,” which is used to explain why your kid keeps bringing home the same insipid busywork of cutting, gluing and drawing? And are you alarmed by teachers who emphasize “self-confidence” over proficiency while their students fall further and further behind? Join the club.

From New York City to Seattle, parents are wising up to math fads like “Everyday Math.” Sounds harmless enough, right? It’s cleverly marketed as a “University of Chicago” program. Impressive, right? But then you start to sense something’s not adding up when your kid starts second grade and comes home with the same kindergarten-level addition and subtraction problems – for the second year in a row.

Then your child keeps telling you that the teacher isn’t really teaching anything, just handing out useless worksheets – some of which make no sense to parents with business degrees, medical degrees and PhDs in economics. Then you notice that it’s the University of Chicago education department, not the mathematics department, that’s behind this nonsense.

Then you Google “Everyday Math” and discover that countless moms and dads just like you – and a few brave teachers with their heads screwed on straight – have had similarly horrifying experiences.

Like the Illinois mom who found these “math” problems in the fifth-grade “Everyday Math” textbook:

A. If math were a color, it would be -, because -.

B. If it were a food, it would be -, because -.

C. If it were weather, it would be -, because -.

Then you realize your child has become a victim of “Fuzzy Math” – the “New New Math,” the dumbed-down, politically correct, euphemism-filled edu-folly corrupting schools nationwide. And then you feel like the subject of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” as you take on the seemingly futile task of waking up other parents and fighting the edu-cracy to restore a rigorous curriculum in your child’s classroom.

New York City teacher Matthew Clavel described his frustration with “Everyday Math” in a 2003 City Journal article: “The curriculum’s failure was undeniable: Not one of my students knew his or her times tables, and few had mastered even the most basic operations; knowledge of multiplication and division was abysmal . . . what would you do, if you discovered that none of your fourth-graders could correctly tell you the answer to four times eight?”

But don’t give up and don’t give in. While New York City remains wedded to “Everyday Math” (which became the mandated standard in 2003), Texas just voted to drop the University of Chicago textbooks for third- graders. School-board members lambasted the math program for failing to prepare students for college. It’s an important salvo in the math wars because Texas is one of the biggest markets for school textbooks.

Meanwhile, grass-roots groups such as Mathematically Correct (mathematicallycorrect.com) and Where’s The Math? (wheresthemath.com) are alerting parents to how their children are being used as educational guinea pigs. And teachers and math professionals who haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid are exposing the ruse. Nick Diaz, a Maryland educator, wrote a letter to his local paper:

“The proponents of fuzzy math claim that the new approach provides a ‘deep conceptual understanding.’ Those words, however, hide the truth. Students today are not expected to master basic addition, subtraction and multiplication. These fundamental skills are necessary for a truly deep understanding of math, but fuzzy math advocates are masters at using vocabulary that sounds good to parents, but means something different to educators.”

If Fuzzy Math were a color, it would be neon green like those Mr. Yuk labels warning children not to ingest poison. Do not swallow

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>Architect Receives Award for “Flood-Proof” Village Hall Design

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Ridgewood-based Poskanzer Skott Architects received a 2007 New Jersey Golden Trowel award last week for its work on renovating Ridgewood’s Village Hall. The awards are given annually by the International Masonry Institute.

Firm principal Barry Poskanzer began working with Ridgewood officials to design a flood-proof renovation and building expansion shortly after Village Hall was damaged during 1999’s Tropical Storm Floyd.

“We’re pleased with the outcome of melding new architecture with the old building,” said Barry Poskanzer, principal of Poskanzer Skott. “We’ve heard nice things from the people in the community and the people who occupy it.”

The newly renovated and expanded Village Hall was officially opened in September of 2005, and then suffered damaging flooding less than one month later.

The Fly wonders if Mr. Poskanzer remembers 2005’s flood.

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>Reader wonders, "Why does the Ridgewood district fear success so thoroughly?"

>The Ridgewood district could literally flip a switch and begin providing a math curriculum of a quality comparable to that of the private and catholic schools mentioned above.

What are they so afraid of?

The Ridgewood district is blatantly giving the cold shoulder to math talented kids. But if the same child was as talented with the violin, we would see nothing but encouragement for the child to develop mastery at the earliest age possible. What gives? What’s so acceptable about bad math versus bad music?

With all due respect to the virtuoso instrumentalists among us, exactly who is landing high-paying jobs with great benefits and fat annual bonuses these days based on their musical talent?

Why does the Ridgewood district fear success so thoroughly? What motivates them to identify that which is the polar opposite of what is in its non-remedial math students’ best interests, implement that lousy option, and then stick with its crummy decision so assiduously, come hell or high water?

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>Happy Thanksgiving :The Real Story of Thanksgiving

>The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
By Richard J. Maybury
Posted on 11/20/1999

Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving’s real meaning.

The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The Pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them.

The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America.

The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hardworking or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

In his ‘History of Plymouth Plantation,’ the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years, because they refused to work in the fields. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, “all had their hungry bellies filled,” but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first “Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.

But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, “instead of famine now God gave them plenty,” Bradford wrote, “and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God.” Thereafter, he wrote, “any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.” In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.

What happened?

After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, “they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.” They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that “all profits & benefits that are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other means” were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.” A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take out only what he needed.

This “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that “young men that are most able and fit for labor and service” complained about being forced to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.” Also, “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.” So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of famines.

Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609-10, called “The Starving Time,” the population fell from five-hundred to sixty.

Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth. In 1614, Colony Secretary Ralph Hamor wrote that after the switch there was “plenty of food, which every man by his own industry may easily and doth procure.” He said that when the socialist system had prevailed, “we reaped not so much corn from the labors of thirty men as three men have done for themselves now.”

Before these free markets were established, the colonists had nothing for which to be thankful. They were in the same situation as Ethiopians are today, and for the same reasons. But after free markets were established, the resulting abundance was so dramatic that the annual Thanksgiving celebrations became common throughout the colonies, and in 1863, Thanksgiving became a national holiday.

Thus the real reason for Thanksgiving, deleted from the official story, is: Socialism does not work; the one and only source of abundance is free markets, and we thank God we live in a country where we can have them.

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Mr. Maybury writes on investments.

This article originally appeared in The Free Market, November 1985

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>115,478 taxpayers IRS refund checks have been returned as undeliverable

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Dear Friends:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently seeking to locate 115,478 taxpayers nationwide whose refund checks have been returned as undeliverable because of old or bad addresses. The checks total about $110 million and average $953 each. That breaks down to 3,646 New Jersey taxpayers for a total of $3.42 million unclaimed in the Garden State .

The undeliverable refunds account for less than one out of one thousand refunds (less than one-tenth of one percent). So far, this year, the IRS has processed nearly 105 million refunds, totaling about $240 billion.

If you think that you might be one of the missing refund recipients, you can check with the IRS via their website (click on “Where’s My Refund? on www.IRS.gov) or toll free number (1-800-829-1954). My office may also be able to help you determine if your name is on this list. Call my Paramus office at 201-712-0330 for more information.

Sincerely,

Congressman Scott Garrett

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To send an e-message to Rep. Garrett click here: www.house.gov/formgarrett/contact.shtml

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>Police Department Patrol Supervisory Positions May Be Shuffled

>The recent retirement of Police Lieutenant Philip Weiler and the projected December retirement of Police Lieutenant Richard Whitehead might prompt Village Manager James M. Ten Hoeve to eliminate two lieutenants’ positions from the current police department roster.

It is rumored that Ten Hoeve is considering eliminating the lieutenants’ positions as a cost savings measure. He would instead promote two patrol officers to sergeants and back fill the promoted patrol officers with new hires.

The newly promoted sergeants, lesser paid than lieutenants, would serve as front line patrol supervisors. Under the rumored plan, remaining Police Lieutenants Thomas Landers and John Ward would each be responsible for supervising an entire 24-hour tour instead of a 12-hour tour (as is currently managed).

The extra sergeants would be needed to provide overlapping supervision because neither Landers nor Ward would be expected to remain on duty for an entire 24-hour period. Capitan John LiPuma currently commands the Ridgewood Police Department’s uniformed division; Landers and Ward both report directly to LiPuma.

As of now, Village Manager Ten Hoeve has not publicly discussed police department staffing options with Village Council members, nor has Police Chief William M. Corcoran.

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