NY govt school makes Arabic mandatory

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A public government school in New York city will make it mandatory for its students to study the Arabic language.
Sabrina Ford reports for The New York Post, May 24, 2012, that Hamilton Heights School/PS 368, a public elementary school in upper Manhattan will be the first in the city of New York to require that students study Arabic.
Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.
The schools’ principal Nicole (“Nicky”) Kram Rosen says that she selected Arabic — as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French — because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.

School Principal Nicole Kram Rosen (l) with Arabic instructor Mohamed Mamdouh (r). Photo by David McGlynn

Angela Jackson, CEO of the Global Language Project, which is backing the initiative, said about Rosen: “She proposed this to the parent association. They were very supportive. Arabic has been identified as a critical-need language [for students’ future] career trajectories. It means they can spin the globe and decide where they want to work and live.”
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.”

Here’s contact info for Hamilton Heights School/PS 368:

1750 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031 @ PS 153 Building
Tel: 212-862-9940
Principal: Nicole Kram Rosen

Nicky Kram Rosen (photo on her Google page)

Nicky Kram Rosen has only been the school’s principal for a year. Here is her LinkedIn page.
H/t FOTM fellow Eyes Wide Open!
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “NY govt school makes Arabic mandatory

  1. You know when your country is being taken over by foreigners when you have to learn their language instead of them having to learn English. We have the same problem with Spanish.

     
  2. I miss my old country! Where did everything go?

     
  3. “Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish”.
    Yeah, and people will be worshipping the anti-Christ when Arabic is a global language…

     
  4. My, my, you would think they would be teaching Mandarin Chinese…

     
  5. Left/liberal butt-kissing at its finest of islamism… gee, will they like us any better now? Learning Chinese (or French or Spanish) would be better by their stated rationale. (IB is just a feel good B.S. liberal fad anyway– if its had “baccalaureate” in the title and doesn’t give you a college degree/credit for your trouble, it’s just crap.)

     
  6. Stupid libs. Kissing their butts while speaking Arabic isn’t going to make you any less of an infidel.

     
  7. edward oleander

    Requiring that kids learn a second language… great idea. Sentencing them to years of wasted time learning a language few will EVER use, JUST so that the school can get some bragging rights? Idiocy.
    Si habla espanol?

     
    • edward oleander

      Good point… We need to encourage new immigrants to join our culture, not just import their own (especially the ones that treat their women so poorly)… The one freebie we should give all immigrants (and by give I mean require they take) is English lessons. I don’t mind accepting new cultural additions to our country, but it is language that holds us together, and allows new immigrants to actually join the “melting pot.”

       
  8. I mean, we are in a war with Arabic-speaking nations, and the US is at a great loss for translators, so in that way they would be learning to serve their country…. so it’s not really the language itself that bothers me but rather the fact that it is compulsory. What happened to parental rights? When can the parents have a say again in what their children are learning? That is what absolutely rubs me the wrong way.

     
  9. thankyou for the phone number-this is just plain wrong.

     

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