Arabic Mandatory at City Public School

Sabrina Ford, NY Post, May 24, 2012

An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.

Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes—putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.

One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic—as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French—is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.

“She proposed this to the parent association. They were very supportive,” said Angela Jackson, CEO of the Global Language Project, which is backing the initiative.

“Arabic has been identified as a critical-need language,” she said, citing students’ future “career trajectories.”

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The Arabic requirement becomes mandatory in September. But PS 368 is a so-called “choice” school and no kids, even those living nearby, are forced to attend it. If the school ever enrolls a student who objects to learning Arabic, administrators will deal with that on a case-by-case basis, Jackson said.

Mohamed Mamdouh, who teaches the pilot program, said, “Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish. These kids are like sponges. It’s amazing to see their progress.”

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  • How did that political bon mot go?

    Fight them over there so our kids have to learn Arabic over here?

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    Wouldn’t learning Chinese be more useful?  No Arabic-speaking country is set to overtake the US and become the world’s largest economy.

    PS:  Chinese looks difficult, but the grammar is really simple.  Don’t worry.

    PPS:  Please note sarcasm. 🙂

    • crystal evans

       Is it really necessary since there are more Chinese that can speak English anyway?

      • WhiteGuyInJapan

         Honestly not sure of what percentage of Chinese can speak English in a professional level, but the job market for English teachers is booming over in China. 

        http://www.eslcafe.com/jobs/china/

        Yes, there are also jobs in the Middle East as well, but there appear to more in China.

  • WmarkW

    Arabic is definitely a critical-need language, and our journalism and military are in short supply of it.

    Now, I do want to make sure that to “obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing,” isn’t some euphemism for getting Saudi grant money.

    • MikeofAges

       Arabic is a critical language. But leave it to students and adults talented in linguistics. One can see why people everywhere else all study English. But for an American, the important thing is to study a language one can successfully learn. There is great cultural value in knowing another language no matter which one. If you study a language you cannot successfully learn, then you lose out on that.

      If you are starting to think, “this guy is criticizing language instruction in America”, you are correct. What a failure zone. Worse than math. Not everyone can learn advanced math, even pre-calculus mathematics, let along higher mathematics. But anyone can learn a language. Well, almost. Someone who is taught no correct language at home and who is not very bright on top of that is in a lot of trouble. But that’s another issue.

  • Francis Galton

    “And with the stroke of a pen, your friendly local high school principal kicked desert sand in the face of Thomas Jefferson and began paying tribute to latter-day Barbary Pirates.”

    –Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “We must not be satisfied with Draw Muhammad Day–we must proceed to Draw, Hang, and Quarter Muhammad Day,” 2012

    You all really MUST read or listen to the Great White Reverend’s sermons some time, and then report back to us what you learn! 😉

  • Church_of_Jed

    How will this help the Jews?

    • Jed, the principal is a Jewess. Jews and Arabs are opposite sides of the same Semitic coin.

      But, I never heard of Arabs with Tay-Sachs disease, did you?

    • blight14

       Well, it does follow the ‘never again’ mantra…..as in dilute the host with the purpose of removing any and all racial solidarity…..they’ve got that down to a science…..

  • If we stopped taking Muslim refugees and didn’t let any more in there would be no need to learn Arabic.

  •  Government School bureaucrats named:
    Angela Jackson and
    “Nicky Kram-Johnson”

    There – I FOUND the PROBLEM!

    • blight14

       Just imagine, the quest for the NWO coupled with the burning desire to defile America trumps even little Nicky’s DNA/heritage…..with the thousands of years of conflict put aside for the bigger goal……I would have lost that bet…….

  • slobotnavich

    I’m assuming this is for real and not some sort of perverse joke.  Doubtless some of the more progressive posh private schools in the NYC area will erect camel stables and offer camel-riding lessons to ensure that their charges are at the cutting edge of multi-culturalism.

    • Don’t forget courses in Jihadism and exploiting welfare states without immigration limits.

  • Dirka Dirka, Mohammed Jihad.  Turn left at Bakalakadaka street.  See it’s not that hard, and it’s kind of fun too!

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Jihad, jihad.  Dirka dirka.

      America, F… Yeah!

  • Johnny Reb

    I’d like to sound erudite and respond that it’s time for the 24th (?) crusade to begin . . .

    But I don’t think anyone has an exact count of how many Crusades there actually were since they weren’t very distinct or well organized.

    So how about if I just say IT’S TIME FOR THE NEXT ONE TO BEGIN . . . and we can start by sending them back to where they came from . . .

  • crystal evans

    I personally do not see Arabic as a world language. Since many people in the Arab world speak English. The one purpose for Arabic is to be able to read the Koran, so I wonder if there is going to be some Muslim evangelism going on as well?

    • Oil Can Harry

      This school is in Hamilton Heights, a Dominican / black neighborhood just north of Harlem.

      Rather than teaching Arabic I’d be happy if they could simply teach these lunkheads proper English so they no longer speak Spanglish or Ebonics.

      Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Nah, teach ’em Ay-rab.  It better suits their low IQs.  

    • Sherman_McCoy

      It isn’t.  While I was working in Warsaw, I studied Russian, not Polish.  Nothing against the Poles, but Polish is only spoken in Poland.  With Russian, I was able to be understood where ever I went in Eastern Europe.  Of course, German is only spoken in Germany, Austria and northern Switzerland, but I’ve lived in Germany for almost 20 years.

  • sbuffalonative

    45 minutes less of science and math.

    This is an example of how everyones social agenda is cutting into learning.

    Multicultural studies, anti-bulling programs, sexuality equality courses, etc.

    Every time someone introduces a new program, there is less time to learn math and science. 

  • sbuffalonative

    I had another thought on this.

    This could backfire.

    The more kids who know Arabic, the more kids who might know enough to recognize people discussing terrorist plots.

  • MikeofAges

    The underlying purpose of this curriculum is to qualify students to meet International Baccalaureate standards. IB is a globalist front  organization with headquarters in Switzerland. It purpose is to brainwash promising students in globalist ideology, create a sense of exclusivity in them, and freeze out individuals however well educated who do complete an IB-qualified preparatory program.

    Nothing wrong with learning a foreign language, even Arabic. But keep in mind what former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm said about this subject. He said it was “a blessing” to know another language. But, he added, “a curse to live in a multilingual nation”.

    • blight14

       Then it makes sense when we look to the person pushing this sickness….they ARE the NWO!

  • eunometic

    Due to heavy immigration into our homelands and the vast numbers of immigrants speaking many languages we Whites often do not learn foreign languages since a native speaker will have an academic advantage over someone that is learnnging for the first time  For this reason so that we no longer seem to have so many Whites interpreting the behaviour of other races, ethnies in our terms and from a scholarly point of view.

    I do not want an Arab, Hebrew, Chinese explain their culture to me,  I wish somene of my own race and culture to analyse and interpret them for me.

    I do not want a ‘chair of middle eastern studies’ in our prestigious universities headed by an Arab or for that matter Israeli.

    Edmund Saids “Orientalism” needs to be dismissed for its rediclous assertion that cultures can only be interpreted from within.  I say many cultures can’t objectively understand themselves from within.

    • blight14

       Very well stated!

  • Sherman_McCoy

    My kids speak English, German, and Russian.  To hell with third world languages!

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Will this be the first taxpayer funded public madrassa?
    Arabic will be taught with a heavy dose of anti- America propaganda, including memorizing and chanting passages from the Koran.  Soon, the sexes will be separated and headgear for girls mandatory school wear.
    The principal of this school, Nicky Kram Rosen,  was recently a presenter at a “Progressive Education National Conference”  where Bill Ayers was the keynote speaker.  
    The conference featured such topics as:

    *The Social Justice Academy:  Integrating Language Arts, Social Justice, Service-Learning and Restorative Justice

    *Children’s Narratives as Social Justice Curriculum

    *Teaching Mathematics as a Tool for Social Justice

    *Building Community by Honoring Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    Presenter:

    *Environmental Justice at the Elementary School Level

    The principal in question’s presentation?

    *Accountability is a Progressive Value

    The “trajectory” of the school will be tiny fragments after someone plants a bomb and it is blown to bits.

    Bon

  • Somewhat related news:

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/Texan-gets-20-year-prison-term-for-al-Qaida-links/-/1735978/14122906/-/9b4c30/-/index.html

    It is clear that Islam is now nothing more than a lightning rod for any and every one (including left-wing whites) who are somehow disgruntled with Occidental civilization for whatever reason.

  • whirlwinder

    Arabic is the language of Islam and shariah law. The liberal leftist education establishment does not know the fire that it plays with. America needs a good dose of education about the real aims of Islam, then we can prepare ourselves for the battle, and believe me, there will be a battle.

  • Politics aside- this is ludicrous. Arabic is a very hard language to learn, not even mentioning the script. Frankly, it would be more sensible to start seriously learning old Latin (necessary for medicine) & ancient Greek (you got all scientific terminology & much of everyday vocabulary from them).

    • Learn the origins of the white-man language? that’s RACIST!

  • Given the current unrestrained transformation of Western Europe into Eurabia, the idea that Arabic might become a world language is not that far-off…  (Not that most white Europeans approve that, but demography is destiny)

  • Fredrik_H

    “Arabic has been identified as a critical-need language” 

    No it isn’t. Once we’ve freed ourselves from the dependance on middle-eastern oil we will have very little reason to interact with them.

  • Patrick_A_NonnyMouse

    What do you bet that at some point in the Arabic-language lesson plan these kids will be taught to say “There is but one god, Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet”?   ( = The Shahada, the confession of faith that new converts to Islam say?????)

    Convert ’em young, and they’re yours forever.