Arab "Culture" to be Taught in Public School

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200708/CUL20070806a.html
    NYC Officials Accused of Withholding Information on Arab School

    By Fred Lucas
    CNSNews.com Staff Writer
    August 06, 2007

    (CNSNews.com) - New York City officials have not been open or candid, critics say, about a controversial public school set to open in Brooklyn next month that will teach Arab language and culture -- the Khalil Gibran International Academy.

    A local group, Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition, fears the school will become a Muslim-oriented school that promotes a religious and political agenda to its incoming sixth-grade class.

    Administrators have claimed otherwise, but the coalition has received few details about the school's curriculum, faculty, textbooks and students, so its questions are still unanswered.

    The suspicions are fueled by comments made by the school's incoming principal, Debbie Almontaser, as well as by some of her allegedly radical Islamist associations.

    She has said, for instance, that U.S. foreign policy is "racist" and that the U.S. "triggered" terrorism by not being a fair mediator in the Middle East.
    Further, the advisory board for the school includes three imams (Islamic leaders), as well as Christian and Jewish clergy.

    "What's to hide? We know what we see," said Pamela Hall, a New York resident and a spokeswoman for the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition. (A madrassa is a Muslim school). "We see a religious advisory board and a principal with a track record in radical Islam," Hall said.
     
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    What happened to the misapplied first amendment that the left trots out against Christianity? Apparently it doesn't apply here.
     
  3. Scarlett O.

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    This is a charter school, not a regular public school. A charter school runs like a business.....in a contract with someone. And like a business, if academic and fiscal results do not happen, then the business, or the school, is closed.

    No children will be "zoned" for attendance. You have apply, just like in a private school, to be able to attend.

    However, you can have a theme, such as science and math center, arts center, cultural center, as long as you are teaching the academic standards.

    It is a public school, but no one is forced to attend. It's a school of choice. You must meet the state standards and you can add additional curriculum and policies of your choice.

    No child in New York will forced, by their physical address, to attend this school.
     
  4. NiteShift

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    Granted. But the taxpayers of New York will be supporting the school, and will have no choice in the matter.
     
  5. TomVols

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    This reminds me of when the Univ. of North Carolina and some others were passing out copies of the Koran after 9/11, all funded by taxpayer dollars. I cried foul and was berated on this board for doing so. Govt is failing at teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic, so why should they do a good job teaching about a religion? Oh, and there's this little thing called the Constitution & Bill of Rights, the 1st amendment of which would prohibit this. But that's not important I suppose. :BangHead:
     
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    As we all know, some protected speech is more protected than others.

    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=41771
     
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    Average Moslim has a better education and higher income than the average American. Maybe we should stop teaching white trash culture in the govt schools and start teaching Arab culture.
     
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    You're off by a little billwald.

    In 2001, UN Development Program reported an average of 60% literacy in Islamic countries and between 95% to 100% in the Western nations of Christians.

    In 2000 according to the World Bank, the average income in the U.S. was $34,260. The average income in the Muslim world stood at $3,700.
     

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