Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Arabic Language & Cultural Courses Coming To Texas Schools

By Chris Hawes
February 7, 2011

MANSFIELD — Mansfield ISD officials apologized to parents Monday night over a plan to teach Arabic culture in every class at one school.

Many parents said they hadn't been told about the mandatory curriculum change.
Parents and teachers packed a Mansfield ISD school cafeteria to hear learn more about why Arabic language and culture could soon be embedded in everything their children learn.

Veronika Webb is a sixth-grader at Cross Timbers Intermediate School. Her parents adopted her from Russia when she was three years old. She had to learn English, but her language challenges weren't over.
"She had to learn Spanish when she was in elementary school, and now they want her to learn Arabic," said Bobbi Webb, Veronika's mom.

The Mansfield ISD plans to use grant money to start a program that would look at almost every subject from an Arab perspective, but Monday was the first time they've explained it to parents.

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