New York’s first Arabic School Khalil Gibran International Academy

I went through some friends blog  and he posted a picture that showed some students that were holding a banner stating this phrase (NEW YORK support the Khalil Gibran international Academy)

so, I thought let me pay some attention to that topic and try and see what I could do about it. there one thing I hate most is discrimination I HATE IT!!!!! I HATE IT!!!! I HATE IT!!!!!!!   

I wouldn’t want to hurt anyones feelings by stating something here that would be wrong, the whole story is down and listed, I just want to say one thing that there is a Difference between Arabs and Muslims not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs, there many Arabs who are Christians and Jewish… 

but there is one thing that made my eyes widen which was replacing the former princple with a principle who doesn’t even speak ARABIC   that’s what the school is teaching ARABIC and ARABIC culture!!!!! 

its like appointing a British to a Chinese School !!!! how awkward and also to put the cherry on top of the ice cream she is also Jewish, I am not trying to be racist and judge her for her religion but they picked a Jewish principle for an Arabic School( the goal must be to prevent any religious extremism in the school, the point here is that they should have appointed an ARAB principle if it is more assuring for them that she/he wouldn’t be a Muslim so be it, but at least a person who knows the language and the culture by heart!!!

they created a conflict them selves!!!! 

here is the link and the whole story

Published Online: September 5, 2007


Arabic School Opens Quietly in Brooklyn Despite Protests in Manhattan

The 55 sixth-grade students enrolled at the Khalil Gibran International Academy were greeted Tuesday morning by only supportive faces as they made their way into the space they share in Brooklyn with another middle school and a high school.

Supporters of the school, named for the Lebanese Christian poet who promoted peace, stood by as the students started their day. The school is the first in the city to teach Arabic and Arab culture.

Protests against the school, which have been fervent since it was announced this year, were in another borough — on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan. Opponents have attacked the school as a potential training ground for radicals.

A group of protesters repeated those charges on Tuesday.

The city’s Department of Education has said that part of the reason for the school is to respond to the need for Arabic speakers — one that the federal government has recognized and has taken steps to address.

Language Training

Grants have been given out to schools that teach students critical-need languages such as Chinese and Arabic, federal Department of Education program specialist Becky Richie said.

While many of the grants have gone toward Chinese-language programs, some have gone to schools in places including Iowa and Michigan to teach or expand Arabic programs, she said.

At least one parent had high hopes for the Khalil Gibran school.

Carmen Colon had been planning to send her son to the school before the controversy erupted.

“I thought it was the best advantage I could give my son,” she said.

The school is starting with sixth-graders and will expand with one additional class every year to end up with 500 to 600 students in grades six to 12. It joins a number of small public schools in the city that are themed, covering areas from the arts to social justice to Chinese language.

The academy’s original principal, Debbie Almontaser, left last month after criticism for her failure to condemn the use of the highly charged word “intifada,” an Arabic term commonly used to refer to the Palestinian uprising against Israel, on T-shirts. She was replaced by acting interim principal Danielle Salzberg, a Jewish woman who does not speak Arabic.

The academy originally was going to be housed in an elementary school in Brooklyn.

Parents at the school objected for a number of reasons and questioned whether there would be enough space in the building and whether the ideological controversy would create a security risk.


~ by maliha11 on September 6, 2007.

2 Responses to “New York’s first Arabic School Khalil Gibran International Academy”

  1. hmm
    i think 6th september was the defence day :p
    hehe! and not the Arabic School day :p
    lolz kidding
    any way… I think its a good start…
    let me ask ma sis to send their kiddos there :p

  2. You’ve been on my mind, so I am checkin’ in! and I love being educated on important issues. ~smile~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi

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