Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

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Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New York City Madrassa Helping the Fifth Column

The New York City Education System jumped right out front in the development of a slew of bi-lingual schools teaching in at least Chinese, Spanish and now Arabic. The original concept of bi-lingual education was to be a mechanism to bring non-English speaking students along academically while they are learning English. That seems like a good idea in a quest to assimilate and make productive citizens of the students. But, that is not good enough for New Yorkers.

The Khalil Gibran International Academy is not a bi-lingual school in the traditional concept. Rather, it is a school to teach the Arabic culture and the Arabic language as a second language.

A public school in New York that will teach Arabic language and culture opened Tuesday amid accusations that it will impose a radical Islamist agenda in its classrooms.

The Arabic school has many detractors who allege that the school is a potential breeding ground for terrorists. That is probably a little bit of a harsh assessment. But, there is no doubt that the school is pandering to the Muslim community and spending public dollars to do so. If the non-Arabic speaking Muslims want to learn to speak and read Arabic, let them attend regular public schools and petition the teaching of Arabic as a second language.

By teaching in a sequestered school both the Arabic language and the Arabic culture, you can be sure that there is a heavy emphasis on Islam. That puts the school into the realm of being a publicly funded madrassa. This is a dangerous precedent and a severe threat to the American society by supporting a culture that wants to impose Sharia and Islam upon all.

Do you suppose that there is any agenda on the part of non-Arabic reading Muslims to learn the language of the Koran? That is in and of itself a danger because it is a fundamentalist Muslim concept that the Koran must be read in Arabic and not a translation.

The New York City Education System has developed a mechanism for the public to pay for the potential fueling of the growing Fifth Column of American citizens.

Links in this blog:
New York public school accused of radical Islamist agenda

New York's first Arabic school opens under police guard

Update 4/10/08: Muslim Educational Trojan Horse