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  1. maram

    maram عضو فعّال

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    what u think guyz this is from the NY Daily News


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    Debbie Almontaser is principal-designate of the proposed Khalil Gibran International Academy
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    Arabic school fails the test

    A united city demands we educate kids together

    BY DIANE RAVITCH

    Monday, May 14th 2007, 9:37 AM


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    The New York City Education Department has announced plans to create a public school in Brooklyn called the Khalil Gibran International Academy, devoted solely to Arabic culture and language. This is a mistake. Such a school violates the very purpose of public education, which is to teach the ideas, traditions, values, knowledge and skills that young people need to become productive members of American society.

    There is no question that our nation needs more people who can read and speak Arabic. This is a good reason to establish Arabic classes in public high schools. But it is not a reason to create a school that is centered entirely on Arabic studies.

    Supporters say that there are already public schools where students focus on a single foreign language and culture. They condemn critics of the Arabic school as bigots.

    I don't agree. In my view, there should be no public schools where all instruction is based on only one non-English culture and language. A few such schools were created at a time when advocates of ethnic studies thought that public schools should raise children's self-esteem by teaching them to have pride in their cultural heritage. These schools naturally tend to celebrate the culture on which the entire school is focused.

    There is nothing wrong with preserving one's cultural heritage. But this is not the appropriate role for public schools. If parents want their children to attend schools that teach their children to take pride in their race, their ethnicity, their religion and their ancestral culture, they should enroll them in private schools or private after-school programs.

    Our city contains immigrants from every nation in the world, who speak many different languages. If we were to create special schools for each group that wants to preserve its cultural heritage, it would be the end of the historic ideal of public education as a common training ground for future citizens.

    The American public school is supported by public tax dollars because it has an important role in American society. It is the one institution that is supposed to teach children to think critically about the world they live in and at the same time to prepare them to take responsibility as American citizens. The founders of American public education knew that our democratic experiment would survive only if the people were educated enough to participate in our democracy and to select wise leaders.

    Thus, we want our children to learn mathematics and science, history and civics, literature and the arts. We want them to learn about our institutions so that they can become involved in the important business of improving them. We want them to learn about American culture and also about the history and cultures of many other nations. Ideally, all children should learn a second language.

    So, yes, let us insist that our public schools teach foreign languages, including Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French and German. While they are learning foreign languages, let them share classes and activities with students whose interests are very different from their own.

    But, above all, let us not create public schools that separate our students into ethnic and cultural enclaves. That way betrays the purpose of public education.

    Ravitch is author of "The Great School Wars," a history of the city's public schools, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution in Washington.

    ?now tell me what ya think
     
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  3. عــاهد

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    Ok i'll tell you what i think.

    i think that this is just a rumor to inspire Arabs that they not forgotten in the society. And to please them.

    Second you know how many racists are out there, who hate our children, brothers, and sisters going to a private school, imagine how would they react when they hear that an Arabic school would be built for arabs(their enemies).

    Third if this project does succeed and this school is built children, and faculty members would face allot of tormenting from the racists.

    ok that was my point of view. Now Why not tell us yours???????
     
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    Ok i'll tell you what i think.

    i think that this is just a rumor to inspire Arabs that they not forgotten in the society. And to please them.

    Second you know how many racists are out there, who hate our children, brothers, and sisters going to a private school, imagine how would they react when they hear that an Arabic school would be built for arabs(their enemies).

    Third if this project does succeed and this school is built children, and faculty members would face allot of tormenting from the racists.

    ok that was my point of view. Now Why not tell us yours???????
     
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    true brother
     
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    true brother
     
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    ahad u have a good point of view
    but
    im looking at it from another side

    i think that is a good idea of having an Arabic school but if it only teaches Arabic that’s what i don’t agree in
    I mean we should bee learning Arabic but English as
    will i mean we should not butting ourselves or children in a cage specially ESL student that are new arrival need to learn English and if they attend a only Arabic school that only teaches Arabic they will not learn anything and that will there learning here in america b/c there isn’t a Arabic college that they could attend soooo basically they need English as will If this project succeed . English here is also very important
     
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    ahad u have a good point of view
    but
    im looking at it from another side

    i think that is a good idea of having an Arabic school but if it only teaches Arabic that’s what i don’t agree in
    I mean we should bee learning Arabic but English as
    will i mean we should not butting ourselves or children in a cage specially ESL student that are new arrival need to learn English and if they attend a only Arabic school that only teaches Arabic they will not learn anything and that will there learning here in america b/c there isn’t a Arabic college that they could attend soooo basically they need English as will If this project succeed . English here is also very important
     
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    it is good but bad...lol
    idk what to say when i think in ahad's way im with him
    when i think in maram's one im with her...
    I think it is Goed..
    Thx maram for the nice topic
     
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    it is good but bad...lol
    idk what to say when i think in ahad's way im with him
    when i think in maram's one im with her...
    I think it is Goed..
    Thx maram for the nice topic
     
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  19. shareef

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    DIANE RAVITCH is a total Sick-head, she was born and grow up in Texas where she learned how to heat every other race, excpt for her own red neck sychos . eventhough she hold a Ph.D in education, she has no basic knowledge about diversty, and she still hates all late-americans as she named us in her book "the language police" she is good friend of that old sycho Goreg Bush the father by the way and she was appointed into public office by him,,she even look like him. However as for the topic it self I think its not great idea for our kids to learn their language in a public Schools, why would they open a school stricktly teaching arabic? do they like us all the sudden, obivouly they want lot of American-born arabic speakers, it seems like they have a plan for us, who knows where they want to , us us is it in Iraq or are they preparing to hit another one, and third one and fourth. we dont want them to build us schools, and teach us their stupidity, we will build our own schools and provide our own teachers. I dont know about those brothers and community leaders in NY but should never let that happen beacuse it seems they have plan for our childern, to destroy them and destroy their thinking, who knows what kind of books they will have them read....anyway the point is no good idea Slaam! Shareef
     

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