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Mansfield Arabic Program On Hold

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:28 AM
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Updated: Feb 8, 2011 4:30 p.m.

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – A Mansfield ISD program to teach Arabic language and culture in schools is on hold for now, and may not happen at all.

The school district wanted students at selected 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 have been taught at Cross Timbers Intermediate School and other schools feeding into 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 Department of Education 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 caught trying to implement this plan without parents knowing about it.”

Trisha Savage thinks it will offer a well-rounded education.  “I think its a great opportunity that will open doors. We need to think globally and act locally.”

Mansfield ISD says in addition to language, the grant provides culture, government, art, traditions and history as part of the curriculum.

Some parents had concerns over religion.  “The school doesn’t teach Christianity, so I don’t want them teaching Islam,” said parent Baron Kane.  During Monday’s meeting Morrison stressed the curriculum would not be about religion, but about Arabic language and culture, similar to the Spanish curriculum already in place in the district.

Kheirieh Hannun was born in the Middle East but raised in the U.S.  She believes giving students the option to learn Arabic will give her son and others like him the option to learn more about their culture.  “It was surprising, but I think it’s okay, and it will help come down on the stereotype.”   Hannun says she is hopeful the class could broaden the minds of not only students, but also parents.

The FLAP grant was awarded to only five school districts across the country, including Mansfield.  The district says the plan is on hold so it can hear from more parents.  After that evaluation is over, the district says it is possible they might return the grant.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/02/07/mandatory-arabic-classes-coming-to-mansfield/

by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:28 AM
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jennuine.mix
by Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:44 AM

I can see the Arabic language as being a language of the future with the fast growing population here in the United Arab Emirates. It is a difficult language to learn though. 

muslimah
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:56 AM

 Concerns about religion my ass !!!!!! Only 18% of the Arab world are Muslims and Arabic is just as much a religion spoken by Christians as it is by Muslims and other of other faiths.

That being said...

There are are many many career opportunities for those who read, write, and speak Arabic. Out of all these supposed people who are unemployed I only know 2 and they don't Arabic. There is high demand for those who read, write, and speak Arabic in government, teaching, translations among many other careers right now.

These parents can bitch and moan about the petty shit all they want but that is where the money (and jobs) are at right now.

Just because these parents are uneducated and have limited their career opportunities they should not be so quick to limit their children out their pointless fear and prejudice.

OneToughMami
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 7:11 AM
religion is a dumb reason to end language learning especially when they are NOT related...this is where education on islam would benefit...
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BleedinHeartMom
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 7:36 AM

..this country is so hickafied

OneToughMami
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:44 AM

I am still trying to figure out how Arabic = Muslim....I mean being most Muslims in America are not Arab...this is hilarious to me...my brother is Syrian...speaks Arabic...not Muslim...

tericared
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM


Quoting BleedinHeartMom:

..this country is so hickafied

ditto


tericared
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM


Quoting OneToughMami:

I am still trying to figure out how Arabic = Muslim....I mean being most Muslims in America are not Arab...this is hilarious to me...my brother is Syrian...speaks Arabic...not Muslim...

This is why it would be a good idea for this type of class, to educate the ignorant misconceptions people have....


OneToughMami
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM


Quoting tericared:


Quoting OneToughMami:

I am still trying to figure out how Arabic = Muslim....I mean being most Muslims in America are not Arab...this is hilarious to me...my brother is Syrian...speaks Arabic...not Muslim...

This is why it would be a good idea for this type of class, to educate the ignorant misconceptions people have....

Eh you know it's okay to have misconceptions about them people...but we can't be having that about Christians...Christians who are all white

Love your hate, your faith lost. You are now one of us.

tericared
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM


Quoting OneToughMami:


Quoting tericared:


Quoting OneToughMami:

I am still trying to figure out how Arabic = Muslim....I mean being most Muslims in America are not Arab...this is hilarious to me...my brother is Syrian...speaks Arabic...not Muslim...

This is why it would be a good idea for this type of class, to educate the ignorant misconceptions people have....

Eh you know it's okay to have misconceptions about them people...but we can't be having that about Christians...Christians who are all white

giggle...........missed you.


OneToughMami
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM


Quoting tericared:


Quoting OneToughMami:


Quoting tericared:


Quoting OneToughMami:

I am still trying to figure out how Arabic = Muslim....I mean being most Muslims in America are not Arab...this is hilarious to me...my brother is Syrian...speaks Arabic...not Muslim...

This is why it would be a good idea for this type of class, to educate the ignorant misconceptions people have....

Eh you know it's okay to have misconceptions about them people...but we can't be having that about Christians...Christians who are all white

giggle...........missed you.

Missed you too :-)

Love your hate, your faith lost. You are now one of us.

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