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Room for Arabic?

Written By: daveski on April 27, 2008 1 Comment

An article in today’s NY Times, “Her Dream, Branded as a Threat,” relates the story of Debbie Almontaser, who created a public Arabic-English bilingual school in New York city, the Khalil Gibran International Academy, only to be forced to resign shortly after. While offering few insights into the actual role of the Arabic language in the school, its manner of instruction, etc., the article struck me in its portrayal of a growingly harsh ideological environment confronted by educators of Arabic (and, potentially, other so-called ‘critical’ languages). Do we really live in a day and age when those like Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum (and creator of the group Campus Watch, infamous for labeling professors around the countries as “soft on radical Islam”) can get away with attacking principals of bilingual schools for “working through the system — the school system, the media, the religious organizations, the government, businesses and the like — [to] promote radical Islam”?

Apparently so.

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One Response to “Room for Arabic?”

  1. daveski on: 27 April 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Comments on the NYT Almontaser article here.

    NYT video on Khalil Gibran International Academy that goes along with the written article.

    Article here about Pipes’ speaking engagement at UCSB last week.

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