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Why not enroll your Jewish & Christian children?

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Submitted by AWB (France), Aug 14, 2007 at 15:23

In theory, the school is open to students of all faiths. So why shouldn't Jewish and Christian parents enroll their own children? Although it might be difficult in practice to enroll one's children in a school that teaches messages we may be against, in theory, if the school is really just another public school, comparable with a similar "Chinese" public school, and all three monotheistic faiths have roots in the middle east and Arab culture, this school should be appropriate for any children who are interested in learning about Arab culture.

Although I have doubts that this is really the case, I think more people should call this school to practice what it preaches. Instead of protesting from the outside, protest from the inside, each time it fails to live up to its description. If I had a level-headed high schooler who was already versed solidly in Judeo-Christian culture, I think it would be interesting to see what he learns at a school like this and how he handles it and how they handle him. If this is supposed to be the discussion-promoting place it claims to be, how would they handle other views on the palestine crisis, brought to them by a fellow student? It would be good for the other students too. Just make sure your child has other sources of support outside of school.

Theoretically an interesting experiment. If everyone turns away from the school, it will be easier for it to share a common one-sided ideology. But if people accept it and force it to live up to what it preaches -- international, multi-cultural school open to all faiths -- maybe it may be forced to take into account other views as sharing validity

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