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Ridgewood High School, has been named the 2021 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year

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Ridgewood NJ, Ms. Medha Kirtane, a teacher at Ridgewood High School, has been named the 2021 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

“It is an honor to be part of the Gilder Lehrman family of educators seeking to better ourselves and our craft in order to provide students with the opportunity to grow as historians and citizens of this world,” said Ms. Kirtane. “The organization provides so many resources for practical and scholarly growth, and I have been humbled to even be considered for such an award. I love learning alongside my students and from both them and my colleagues, so this award is a testament to the Social Studies department and my students as well. Ridgewood has always allowed me to be a student of history and pedagogy, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

4 thoughts on “Ridgewood High School, has been named the 2021 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year

  1. History? They still teach history in Ridgewood?

  2. Very nice, she’s a sweetheart. Well deserved too.

  3. It’s always nice to get an award, but the fact that this award is going to a Ridgewood High school teacher does not bode well for your Ridgewood students.

    The “Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History” is littered with Black Lives Matters and Social Justice professors on their Board of Trustees and Advisory Board.

    Additionally, the “Gilder Lehrman Institute” has established the “The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition was established at Yale University”

    These are all open and public facts.
    So if they like what is being taught as history in RHS so much that they want to award, highlight and recognize it, then I am leery of what is actually being taught to your children…

  4. She’s married to Mark Ferreri, SUPERVISOR of RHS Social Studies program and an RHS teacher.

    He is quoted on in an article titled “These changes may be coming to NJ classrooms as students take racial justice fight to schools”

    From the article:
    “In Ridgewood, a group called Ridgewood for Black Liberation has demanded that district officials remove what they view as a Eurocentric curriculum. They also called for increased Black leadership and staff and for anti-racism training, in which participants acknowledge racist beliefs and structures and work to undo them.

    In Ridgewood, teachers created online forums for staff and students to discuss civil unrest and anti-racist tactics, said Mark Ferreri, supervisor of Social Studies, World Languages & Business at Ridgewood schools. They also compiled a database of related articles and resources for teachers to use in classroom lessons.

    Ferreri and a group of administrators and staff also met with local civic groups, including Ridgewood for Black Liberation, to hear about their experiences and their ideas on promoting diversity and equity.
    And during sessions this summer, teachers made recommendations on equity and inclusion in instruction. Ferreri offered an example: Second-year U.S. history teachers will make Jim Crow — a set of laws and customs once used to restrict African American rights — a primary topic when teaching about the era after the Civil War, he said.
    “It’s always been a holistic approach, but obviously the death of George Floyd put us in a position where social studies is in the crosshairs,” he said, referring to the Black man whose death in police custody in Minneapolis sparked widespread protests.”

    I guess he got a lot of the RHS History program changed to the satisfaction of BLM and the Social Justice crowd and she’s implementing it.

    FWIW, her brother-in-law is also on the RHS payroll.

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