February 2007


No Child Left Behind and your home
by Alan Haskvitzhttp://www.reacheverychild.com

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If you are like many parents today, you looked around for a good school district to place your children. You were willing to pay extra for this privilege. And one of the most important criteria was the school’s state rating on tests. Another may have been word of mouth. It is so important that in one California district, you pay nearly $100,000 more to live on the side of the street where the schools have been more highly touted.

So how does this pertain to President Bush’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation? Well, all schools must show continued improvement in all subgroups. The subgroups are: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American students; limited English proficient students; students with disabilities; and economically disadvantaged students.

There are no exceptions; even students who are in special education classes are included in these tests. In fact at most schools, the students who cannot read have the test read to them. Regardless of how well you think your school is doing, if it does not improve test scores in all subgroups, it becomes a low performing school. In other words, if any one subgroup doesn’t improve, the entire school is labeled in need of improvement.

Do you think people will pay extra money to live in a district where the school is not improving? Would you? That extra money you paid will be in jeopardy for another reason. While I don’t want to scare you, I want to point out why this legislation is so controversial despite the good name.

As I stated above, all special education and other students must improve. By 2014, all students must show proficiency in reading and math. But what taxpayers are probably not aware of is the fact students with special needs who do not improve must get additional help. They must pass the same test other students take regardless of their disability. Funding for this program has come under review because the states have raised considerable doubt about the federal government’s ability to fund NCLB, especially in regard to special education.

This is cause for concern. In the case of low-performing or schools that have not raised special education students’ scores, including fully disabled students, the school must provide Supplemental Educational Services such as: tutoring, remediation and special help to all students. That is why school districts have been begging President Bush to fully fund NCLB. A tutor can easily cost $50 an hour, and when you expand that across the district, you get some idea of the expenses in just this area.

If President Bush does not fund the program, the state must make up the difference. This means funding must come from local taxpayers and, in some places, that means your property tax. Since property taxes are based on assessed value, if you paid more to live in a “good” school district, you may pay even more money to augment the school’s efforts to meet NCLB’s requirements.

If any school in your area does not make its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), there is also the very real possibility students will transfer from that school. If the schools do not improve for two years, districts must pay for students to go to better performing schools. That may mean, for example, the district must pay to have students transported into your school when funds are limited, especially if they are low-achieving students from low-income families. Again, we are talking about a school that has not shown enough improvement in one of the eight sub-groups.

Here is the real kicker for those of you who paid extra to have your children in that quality school. A district cannot deny any student the right to transfer to your child’s school regardless of space if that child is attending a low performing school. Can you say “overcrowded?”

After three years, low-income students from schools that do not perform up to standards must be offered, in addition to a school of their choice, supplemental educational services, including private tutoring. So money that could be spent for computers, music, sports and teacher salaries may now go for these required programs. After four consecutive years, more corrective actions must be taken. This includes replacing the staff, changing the curriculum and hiring outside consultants.

Under NCLB, a real possibility is your school’s best teachers could be transferred to an under performing school. The schools most impacted are those taking Title One Funding. However, experts agree nearly all schools will eventually be rated “In Need of Improvement” because of the way Adequate Yearly Progress statistics are calculated. A California study confirmed other research findings that the more diverse a student body, the more likely schools or districts will fail to make sufficient progress and be sanctioned. However regardless of where you live, it is almost a certainty your local school will eventually fall short of the improvement requirements.

After five consecutive years of not improving, and again, we are not talking about the whole school improving, just subgroups, there must be plans made for restructuring and, after six years, the school must undergo major changes including a state takeover.

Schoolteacher unions and school districts have raised many questions about NCLB both in terms of funding and reality. However for parents and other taxpayers, the real concern isn’t just that your child is going to spend most of the year being taught how to take the test. (Some districts have already considered abandoning fine arts for more remedial reading and math classes.) It’s overcrowding and the investment they have in their homes.

Those parents who send their children to private schools should also be concerned about their land values as only one tenth of the 76.7 million school children attend private school. That means public school performance will continue to be a leading indicator of real estate values.

I encourage you to take a long look at NCLB and decide if you should be involved in supporting it, changing it or eliminating it. There is a lot, literally and figuratively, at stake here for your children and your finances. And of course, as more parents think they can avoid public school problems by going to private schools, remember the law of supply and demand and note tuition has increased steadily. You should also find out what you get for your money.

For example, a very expensive private school in California charges $25,000 a year for day students. Despite this high fee, the school’s web site reports just over 80 percent received 3 or better on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams, even with class sizes well under 20. As a comparison, at least one public high school in the Seattle area district had 89 percent score 3 or better on AP tests, and many other public schools report superior scores. In the district where I teach, one school did better on the AP calculus test than any other school in the world. So it is essential parents do not associate expensive schools with high test scores.

Whatever you decide to do, it is of paramount importance to become more informed, regardless of your political convictions. To that end, if you would like to write your federal elected officials, www.webslingerz.com can connect you.

Bentley 6.0 Continental GT Mulliner Coupe

By

The Car Family

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This is the car that one-ups everything else on the road. Okay, we only had it for the weekend, but we strongly believe at love at first sight. We are not talking logic here, we are talking about an affective domain swayed by people running out of buildings to lust over its sculptured lines and peer into its leather coiffed interior.

The big question how does it drive? Well, it is so user friendly that it is almost disappointing. There is almost no wind noise, the acceleration is linear, the exhaust note is consistent, and only a quick look at the 200 mph speedometer reveals that you are always going faster than you think. Just the drone of the huge tires mars an otherwise mild journey only hampered by less noble vehicles, archaic speed laws, and the awareness that this is why doctors become real estate agents so they afford one.

Not everything was to our liking with the Bentley. The headlights weren’t as powerful as we would have expected. The interior lighting was not very good and the reception on the radio was only par. Rear and side visibility is limited and the column mounted transmission control paddles and the turn signal take time to master.

Driving a $172,000 Bentley on a daily basis is like nothing else. You have 552 horsepower from a V12 engine, twin turbochargers, a six speed automatic transmission, and a self leveling suspension that you can also set for different heights as well as a luxury ride or sporty one. 12 miles per gallon never felt so good.


Dad’s views: This is the car you want your ex to see you driving. I asked Bentley to sell me this car. Either they thought I was kidding or they did a credit check, because I didn’t hear back from them. In town the Bentley is cooperative and it is only when you pull onto the US
1 or a I-95/I-295 entry ramp that you experience what removes a man’s conscience from his wallet. You glance at the traffic, see an open spot, press on the petrol pedal, and grab cowhide. There is nothing to alert you to what you are doing except a well-mannered growl. You are instantly over the speed limit. Fortunately, the Bentley is equipped with huge (15.9-inch-diameter front rotors and 13.2-inch rear discs) brakes that can take the edge off your exuberance. You can get to 60 mph in less than five seconds without fuss. I think I’ll call Bentley again.

Mom’s view: I could not get enough of the way the Bentley V12 sounded as the exhaust straddled the line between reedy and brutish, and knowing that there were only a handful of cars in the world that could stay with the Bentley and fewer still would have room for groceries, dry cleaning, and children. Knowing that the valet would park this front and center tempted me into having no less than three light lunches in three days. No homecooked meals for my family while the keys to the Bentley remained in my freshly manicured clutches. Make my Bentley black with the tan interior and make my gas credit card gold.

Young Working Man’s View: Driving around town you never forget you are in a heavy automobile. It smoothers bumps, scoffs at most pot holes, and levels all sorts of imperfections that mar your way. If that isn’t enough tactile feedback, the seats have heat and massage modes. The performance is brilliant and the fit and finish as expected for a car in this price strata. I couldn’t help but think of Lao-Tzu’s quote, The journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath your feet as I pressed deeper into the throttle. And just for an instant it felt like Scotty had beamed me up.

Young working woman’s view: Safety wise the Bently has most everything from an abundance of side and front airbags and curtains to stability and brake controls to active head restraints. It draws admiring glances from everyone and is a hoot to drive at any speed. Getting into the backseat isn’t easy, but those so admitted should feel lucky for the privledge. I called my insurance representative and asked what the cost of covering this coupe would be. When she asked “Would the Bentley be used for business or pleasure?” I couldn’t help but laugh. Driving a Bentley is always a pleasure.

Family conference: The Bentley GT has every other car covered. And althought the price may seem high it is a bargain when compared to other super coupes with this much horsepower, a V 12 engine, and a racing heritage. It is an instant classic. For a list of vehicle websites go to http://www.reacheverychild.com and click on business.

Spring Time Cars

By The Car Family

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Spring is decision time. What types of bulbs to plant, new outfits to cover winter tummies, or when to put the winter wear away put us into a state of quasi-procrastination. Perhaps the most difficult decision to replace that rust scarred, gas-guzzler for a new set of wheels knowing that the high fuel prices are here to stay. With that in mind, The Car Family found some vehicles that may appeal to the iconoclastic as well as the practical. Thus, the PT Cruiser convertible, Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV, Honda Element, Ford Fusion, Mazda Speed 6, Isuzu i-280 pick-up, and Suzuki Aerio SX were driven hard and put away salt spray covered. As diverse as the wide pallet of vehicles is they have one common thread and that is good value. Ranging in price for about $16,000 for the handy Suzuki to $30,000 for the all wheel drive Mariner SUV and hotted up Mazda Speed 6.

Mom’s view: I looked for female friendly transportation with a touch of class. To my surprise, the PT Cruiser convertible was my favorite. It is as cute as your own grandchild, gets good gas mileage, and if you order wisely can be parked at the beach for a little over $20,000. It holds four adults, is fun to drive, and had good crash scores. The Ford Fusion is quite good, but the interior was too drab. Try its sisters, the Lincoln Zephyr or the Mercury Milan. The biggest bargain was the Isuzu pick-up. It got over 24 mpg, and had a four-door cab and was priced near $16,000.

Dad’s view: Every spring my dad would list of things to do around the house. By fall the list had grown as fast as the dandelions and the only items crossed off were those that could be fixed with aerosol spray. With that tradition in mind I was looking for handiness and reliability. Good shoppers can purchase the Honda Element for well under $20,000 and a couple of grand more for all wheel drive versions. It is good running, gets 22 mpg, and allows you to carry most everything. The backdoors open clam style to allow easy access. The Isuzu pick-up stole my heart. It ran well, rode excellent on the expressway, and had easy to load five-foot bed. The PT Cruiser convertible was solid and the rear seats folded down for room. The Aerio was very good. It had sufficient power, maximized its interior with a high ceiling, and was peppy. However, they depreciate rapidly even with an extraordinary warranty. The Ford Fusion is an exciting new car. The Mariner gave us 27 mpg, which is excellent for such a compact SUV. The Mazda Speed 6 was too expensive, although on paper it looked like a world-beater.

Young working woman’s view: Okay, forget the Isuzu, the Suzuki, and the Mazda. I need reinforcing attention when I drive, not derision. Thus I loved the practical and versatile PT Cruiser convertible. I absolutely adored the interior and exterior, too. The Ford Fusion was quite good looking and a runner and averaged 25 mpg on the road. As for the Mainer, it was too high for me to load easily and I just don’t’ travel in traffic enough to justify the added cost. The sleeper of the bunch was the Element. It has a strange interior layout and I found myself almost feeling like I was floating in all the space due to the high roof. If you shop a lot, haul odds and ends, have trouble parking in tight spots, or just want to disappoint your future mother-in-law this is a great car.

College going male’s view: My favorite would depend on where I drove. If I went into NYC I would take the Element or the Aerio because they park anywhere and are invisible. If I ventured to the beach it would be the Cruiser. It I wanted to visit relatives’ unoccupied mountain cabin the great handling Mazda would do. Since I am in college, now in my sixth year and nearly a junior (eat your hearts out 8 to 5 junior execs), I need a truck to move damsels in space denial to larger abodes. Thus the Isuzu would be a babe magnet. The Mercury is just too expensive and the Ford Fusion doesn’t say starving college student enough to gain sympathy points from friends who think I subsist on matzos and peanut butter.

Family conference: Something for everyone, these models just might spark an interest in looking for something different for the summer and provide for a great weekend of test drives.Best of all they speak for those who value value, the iconoclast. For a complete list of vehicle websites for to http://www.reacheverychild.com and click on business.

Is Food Choice Hurting Your Child at School?

By National Hall of Fame Educator Alan Haskvitz

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It is absolutely alarming. Obesity in young children is becoming such a problem that some students cannot sit at a regular desk. They have poor attendance, they have more medical problems, and they can develop personality concerns that could impact them for life. In fact, recent research has reported that obese adolescents consider themselves bad students.

What is happening? Obviously, people are not eating or exercising regularly, but what is most frightening to an educator is the fact that children are not being taught good eating habits and having these lessons enforced. It takes a willing and spirited parent to change a child’s behavior. They may even have to change their own lifestyle.

A Life Sentence

Overweight children bring many problems to school and life with them. There is an increasing evidence of pediatric hypertension, which in combination with other cardiovascular risk factors produces insulin resistance and a lack of concentration. In addition, learning can be reduced as a child who craves a constant food supply, can not pay attention in class until he or she finds subsitence. To give in to this craving they violate the no eating in class rule. An obese student quickly learns how to sneak food and justifies this cheating by rationalizing that it isn’t hurting anyone.

Few teachers have looked at the classroom at the end of the day and not seen candy wrappers, gum, and other junk food remanents hidden away. Where did the child develop this dependency? From home. Many parents simply do not care. High calorie treats for doing well are given freely without regard to developing delayed gratification or alternative rewards. Halloween becomes an orgy of eating, and a meal is not complete without a rich dessert. There is little passion for exercise and the televison and computer take presedence over walking and doing chores.

Contributing to this is a sociey that thinks nothing of promoting questionable food choices for children. Supersizing, Happy Meals, toys, and other child incentives that promote eating fast food are difficult for a student to ignore. So what is a parent to do?

Work with the school

First work with the school. The reason to start with the school instead of the child first.is becaue if the school encourages poor nutrition by offering bad food choices, what is done at home is partially nullified. Parents should make sure the school offers some education about nutrituion. A child should learn how many calories are needed, what the calorie count of foods, and the importance of exercise. Next, make sure the physical eduation program is robust. Merely having students play softball for 40 minutes does not develop good, lifelong exercise habits. Finally, check and see what foods are being offered at the school. That nutritious sack lunch you send to school may end up in the garbage if the child has enough money to buy junk food outside of your view.

Many years ago, while teaching in Canada, I got a government grant that enabled me to measure the calories usage and heart beat level of students doing sports commonly played in physical education class. The results were dreadful. Most sports, such as softball, kickball, football, and soccer were essentially of no value to a non-intrerested child. For example, in soccer, a child who is afraid to get involved can spend most of the class period walking around hoping the action goes elsewhere. Even when the ball came into play the action was usually brief. Now, those who were good at the sport had excellent results except for the goal keepers. The best sports for physical fitness are those that require consistent levels of elevated heart activity at an acceptable level. We advocated altering these games, but the culture has established them firmly into the culture and only a strong leader could make these changes stick.

Be a Role Model

As a parent, you need to become aware of the calorie intake of your child and the importance of good eating habits. Equally important is to stress physical fitness. At least thirty minutes of exercise every day has been proven to be of value, but make sure you check with your doctor to find out what exercies would be appropriate and be build up before doing anyting strenous. Become a role model by modeling good eating and exercise habits. Make it a game for your children.

How Many Calories

Here is a chart for adults about calories required for various tasks. Take a look and see if limiting televison and computer usage are not worth it to help your child become fit. http://www.coolnurse.com/calories.htm

Remember that male children usually need between 2000 and 3000 calories per day depending on their age to maintain themselves. Females usual need between 2000 and 2300. Any calorie intake over this amount without exercise to use up this added energy is going to result in weight gain or fat storage.

Measure Your Child’s Body Mass

It is absolutely essential to being a good parent to know your child’s risk of becoming overweight. Here is an excellent calculator that enables you to find out more. It only takes a minute and it could impact a life. This is a body mass indicator. However, the only way to really be accurate is to check with your doctor and have a personal test done. http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/bmicalculator.html

Sugar research

Some research worth noting is that there isn’t any correlation between sugar and behavior. The effect of sugar is modified by the foods eaten along with it. If a well-balanced diet is maintained sugar does not cause hyperactivity. However, a new report indicates that artificial food colorings and benzoate preservatives increase hyperactive behavior in preschool children, but this was not a broad study. The British findings also noted that parents noted their children’s
hyperactivity fell after withdrawal of food additives from the children’s diets, and there was an increase in hyperactivity when food additives were re-introduced.

The combination of sugar and starch, in the absence of substantial protein, increased deviant behavior, not only in children who were mentally disturbed, but also in normal children. This combination is found in sweetened breakfast cereal.

Children can react differently depending on where the sugar is from; corn, beets, or cane.

Other research

Obese children tend to become obese adults, putting themselves at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and other health problems.

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight, and almost one in three is obese.

As many as half of all children in middle school may be overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

Most parents are unconcerned about their children’s weight.

About a third of obese girls and about half of obese boys were considered to weigh “about right” by their parents.

A third of mothers and half of fathers who were overweight or obese themselves considered their own weight to be “about right.”

The norm is becoming an overweight child. The result is parents of normal weight children are concerned that their child is underweight.

Of the overweight children, about 40 percent of children had pre-diabetes, nearly half of the students had low levels of HDL, the “good” form of cholesterol, and many had blood pressure that was above normal for their age.

Junk foods such as soft drinks and potato chips make up nearly one-third of calories in the American diet, researchers said last week.

Soft drinks and pastries pile on more calories in the daily diet than anything else. This includes high sugar content coffee drinks. Sweets, desserts, snacks and alcohol contribute calories without providing vitamins and minerals.

Childhood obesity has become one of the most prominent public health concerns in the United States. Childhood obesity has been shown to be associated with several immediate health risks such as orthopedic, neurological, pulmonary, gastroenterological and endocrine conditions.

Just as importantly, it can impact their personality, school life, and create psychosocial outcomes such as low self-esteem and depression.

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VW Rabbit: All new, but not noticeable

By The Car Family

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The Golf is dead. Long live the Rabbit. Volkswagen has seen fit to rename its handy compact and load it with more features and a higher asking price. The two- or four-door body styles have more of everything from interior space to power to handling capabilities. Oh, and pricing has increased with the MSRP now starting around $17,000 (US).

For the increased price Volkswagen is offering a plethora of standard equipment starting with 15-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, power windows and locks, a keyless entry system, cruise control, a CD changer and upscale audio system. The four-door even has more standard features. Key options include an iPod adapter, satellite radio, and tire pressure monitoring system. We highly recommend the $450 electronic stabilization system.

On the downside is lackluster fuel economy, we average 23 mpg in mixed driving, which is not nearly as good as the competitors. If you like the new Rabbit and need the extra mileage we recommend you wait until a diesel version arrives which is good for at least ten miles more per gallon. The two- and four-door Rabbits also are available in sportier GTI trim with 200-hp. turbocharged engines. A R32 version with 250 horsepower is planned and certain to be in demand.

A major concern of ours was the fact that this new model didn’t turn a single head. It looks so much like the older version people had no idea this was the fresh model. Adding to that is it is nearly identical in size to the Golf it replaced and you have the enormous potential for mistaken identity.

Driving the Rabbit is fun and the new independent rear suspension works well to make handling corners enjoyable despite steering that lacks much feel. You need to order the optional larger tire and wheel package to get the full advantage out of what makes this model entertaining and that is its tossable nature.

Mom’s view: Very low to the ground and not that easy to gain entry without ducking your head, this new Rabbit is not my favorite. I did like the interior and found the seats fairly comfortable, but clearly this is a younger person’s car until you see the price tag of nearly $20,000 with optional moonroof, heated front seats, and most everything else you could want. It has a handy fold down flat rear seat with a 60/40-split and the passenger seat can fold flat should you have the urge to buy a ladder or go skiing by yourself.

Safety wise you have four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, active head restraints, side-impact and side curtain airbags with an optional electronic stability system offered. The Rabbit safety ratings were four out of a possible five stars for frontal crashes and five out of five for side-impact crashes. It doesn’t do as well in rear crash tests.

Dad’s view: The 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine makes just 150 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque meaning that either the five-speed manual or optional $1100 Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmission must work extra hard to exploit the Rabbit’s handling capabilities. Expect to reach 60 mph in about nine seconds.

On the road you’ll find that the sedan is frisky enough at low speeds as the torque comes on early with most of it ready to play around 2000 rpm. The clutch is difficult to master being soft with a high take up, but the manual transmission shifts are easy. Thanks to the independent rear suspensions cornering a simple matter of point and shift. There is a bit of vagueness to the steering, but it isn’t difficult to master. Of course the good handling comes at a price and the ride can be stern and tiresome on long trips over unkept roads. There is little road noise and the car feels heavier than its 3200 pounds. The four-wheel disc brakes work exceptionally well and make you feel secure.

College going male’s view:

Despite exterior measurements equaling the previous Golf, the five-passenger Rabbit interior has 7 percent more passenger volume. Most of that goes into the backseat area as rear passengers gain nearly 2 inches of legroom and more than an inch of headroom. Still entering and leaving the backseat in the two-door model isn’t easy.

The Rabbit’s illuminated gauges are love it or hate it red and blue and the same holds sway for all the other switches and knobs as well. The result is a bit circusie, but they are easy to read. The steering wheel and seats are the best part of the interior as they both fit me very well. The wheel tilts and telescopes and the rear seats are easy to fold down. A handy and friendly car, the Rabbit isn’t a disappointment on the road, but the price prevents me from hopping onto this bandwagon.

Young working woman’s view: There is plenty here. From the everywhere air bags to the standard four wheel antilock disc brakes, to the air conditioning, heated front seats with a height adjusting lever, power windows, locks and mirrors, a good stereo with a six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, traction control, and plenty of small storage areas make it user friendly. I especially liked the way the controls were easy to reach, but the cupholders were too small and too shallow. Of all the features I was most enamored with the way you opened the rear hatch. You push the large Volkswagen hinged emblem and it unlocks the cargo bay. Easy to use and shuts soundly.
The 14.5-gallon tank is good enough to make 300-mile trips without refueling an easy task and it was also reassuring to have the Volkswagen warranty that extends to four years or 50,000 miles limited and an extra year and additional 10,000 miles of coverage for the powertrain.


The Rabbit just didn’t fill my needs. If I buy a compact car I want better fuel mileage than the Rabbit and I want a sporty car I want more performance. Both are available elsewhere for less. On the other hand, this is a very solid feeling drive with a perky feel and an eager to please and playful nature.

Family conference: We liked the Passat wagon a great deal and felt it was well priced, but the Rabbit appears to be too expensive for what it offers. It is good handling, but that costs in ride quality, and the gas mileage is not good enough considering the performance of the engine. We believe it certainly has appeal to younger buyers and is fun to drive. However, with its same old looks are they going to want to pay for the privilege of driving a vehicle doesn’t differ much from its predecessor. The bottom line for us is that the Rabbit is much improved and more capable now. It will certainly appeal to those who like the Volkswagen image and spunky performance. Whatever you do consider waiting for the more powerful engine if you like driving.   The competition is mainly the Mazda 3.

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Geology – Earth Science

http://www.solarviews.com/eng/earth.htm

Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment (2001)

http://www.nap.edu/books/0309072727/html/R1.html

Teaching – How People Learn

http://www.nap.edu/books/0309070368/html/index.html

Innovations in Online Learning: Moving Beyond No Significant Difference

http://www.center.rpi.edu/PewSym/mono4.html

Collaborative Teaching:
Special Education for Inclusive Classrooms

http://www.parrotpublishing.com/

Mainly textbooks at high school and college level

http://c-library.um.ac.ir/Onlinetextbooks.asp

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