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-Texas: Mandatory Arabic Classes in Public School?

by Dr. D ~ February 8th, 2011

"Arabic Language" in the Arabic Al-B...

            (Arabic via Wikipedia)

Parents in Mansfield,Texas reacted overwhelmingly negative when they found out that their children were going to be forced to take mandatory Arabic classes including ongoing cultural and religious (Muslim) studies at their local public schools.

The program now appears to be on-hold nevertheless here is the original shocking story that the Federal Department of Education was sponsoring it all through a grant:

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Some Students at Mansfield ISD schools could soon be learning Arabic as a required language. The school district wants students at select schools to take Arabic language and culture classes as part of a federally funded grant.

The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant was awarded to Mansfield ISD last summer by the U.S. Department of Education.

As part of the five-year $1.3 million grant, Arabic classes would be mandatory at Cross Timbers Intermediate School and Kenneth Davis Elementary School. The program would also be optional for students at T. A. Howard Middle School and Summit High School.

Parents at Cross Timbers say they were caught off-guard by the program, and were surprised the district only told them about it in a meeting Monday night between parents and Mansfield ISD Superintendent Bob Morrison.

The DOE has identified Arabic as a ‘language of the future.’ But parent Joseph Balson was frustrated by the past. “Why are we just now finding out about it?” asked Balson. “It’s them (Mansfield ISD) applying for the grant, getting it approved and them now saying they’ll go back and change it only when they were acaught trying to implement this plan without parents knowing about it.”

Response: What were they thinking? Did they really expect parents to go along with this? It would be one thing if the language was Spanish which is actually a usable second language in the state but Arabic? How does this make sense in any way?

Add to that mandatory studies in the Muslim culture and religion and the whole thing becomes surreal. Where does this stuff come from?

This seems to be another one of those situations where the Obama administration is found shooting itself in the foot alienating voters spending money we don’t really have.

What was the real goal of the program in the first place -some kind of crazy program to somehow ‘mainstream’ Islam in America’s future? First the administration re-tasks NASA to make Muslims feel good and now mandatory Arabic and lessons in Muslim culture and religion in public schools? What next?            *Top

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