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Reader Suggest Two Week Exchange Program with Paterson Schools for Ridgewood Kids

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, after the recent protests in Ridgewood several readers suggested  that Ridgewood Schools set up and exchange program with  the Paterson Schools system . If “rich white kids”  want to protest and speak for African Americans  who are struggling what better place to spend some quality time than Ridgewood’s neighbor “Silk City” or Paterson  . We are sure a two week immersion program will do wonders .

In 1792, Alexander Hamilton formed an investment group called the Society of Useful Manufactures (the “SUM”) whose funds would be used to develop a planned industrial city in the United States that was later to become Paterson. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 149,222. Census population projections indicate a population of 148,708 as of 2006, making it New Jersey’s third largest city. It is the county seat of Passaic County. Paterson is known as the “Silk City” for its dominant role in silk production during the later 19th century.

Ridgewood kids could go to school , work and enjoy some the city treasures like the Great Falls Historic District and Hinchliffe Stadium one of the last remaining “Negro League” baseball stadiums . They could also explore early 19th manufactures , the textile industry and learn all about working in sweatshops  .

They could also test their theories on race relations, police brutality  and the drug epidemic .  While Paterson kids could come to Ridgewood and enjoy all the “privilege ” that entails .   The Ridgewood blog strongly feels this would be a worthwhile project and the kids would be well served .


16 thoughts on “Reader Suggest Two Week Exchange Program with Paterson Schools for Ridgewood Kids

  1. Could not agree more.

  2. They you go ,might be a good thing.

  3. Yes please. Also recommended sending kids passionately promoting sex change procedures to meet adults who survived such procedures as kids. While we’re at it, send kids passionate about social justice to Venezuela or Cuba for a month.

  4. Great idea. Learn first then protest.

  5. Eastside HS is a scary place, JFK HS wasn’t so bad….

  6. I’m not sure I understand the premise here. You all are saying that kids who want to help disadvantaged people should go to Paterson so…..what exactly? So that they can see that they’re right, that there are folks who are struggling, who don’t have the advantages they have?

  7. I did voter canvassing in Paterson for Democrats prior to the 1968 election. I was 15, same as these high school age kids. Trust me, going door to door in what was called then slum neighborhoods and walking the streets was enlightening. Took me till past 1972 to move conservative, but it sure gave me a nudge.

  8. I would go further and say that some protesters and their families who strongly support these young “warriors” open their large house doors to families from Paterson for a few weeks and live together with them or better exchange places with them. It would definitely be a mutually wonderful experience and establish an even stronger bond between our heroes and the “oppressed” community. Also, Graydon should be open for free for families from Paterson and transportation be provided by our town.

  9. Some of Paterson’s teenagers and young adults are stuck in very poor modes of behavior. Most, however, are not so stuck. They resent their neighbors’ selfishness and regret the negative stereotypes perpetuated thereby in the minds of residents of other close-by municipalities.

    The people of Paterson by and large are kind, generous, and engaging. They are close-knit and neighborly, due partly to physical proximity (small lot sizes/higher population density), but also, frankly, because they enjoy living that way. They care about each other and show it every day.

    Ridgewood’s children could learn a lot from the people of Paterson.

  10. It has always been my fantasy to win the lottery. A big win. I would honestly gift my Ridgewood home to a black family while I move away. I’m not talking the professional black family. No, it would be a truly disadvantaged family. Why would I do this? Well, my Ridgewood neighbors on all sides are die-hard NYT-reading, latte-drinking, Prius-driving, Bernie/Warren/AOC-cheering, Trump-hating, open borders liberals. I just want to gift them what they like to think they are, lovers of diversity. I want them to truly embrace and enjoy the diverse life instead of just pretending they’re for it.

  11. Let’s exchange tax bills and teachers too!

  12. I like the above poster’s thoughts on the lottery.
    Just like the movie trading places.
    These liberal phonies here would freak when their daughter dated someone from paterson.
    I play the lottery too, but i DO wish you luck. And please do as you posted.
    Teach these phonies a lesson while giving an under priveledged kid a chance.
    Sounds like a win-win situation for all while you get a nice tax deduction.

  13. What’s going on is a disgrace. What a bunch of hypocrites. How about when there is a test, everyone has to get the same grade not because if you’re African-American or you’re Latino you’re allowed to get a lower grade that’s bullshit. That’s racism treating everybody The same would be fair and square until then bullshit.

  14. White people have grown very weak.
    They are raising cowards and stupid misguided kids.
    They are on the decline.
    When they are in the minority they will mercilessly discriminated against.

  15. We a similar program growing up. I thought ridgewood still did it. When the kids from Paterson would come here and go to school with us for a couples weeks. It was a great program and some of us made long lasting friendships. Plus some of these kids don’t didn’t have have generations of family that also came from there like I some of us did. Italians and African Americans so we know both places.

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