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Khalil Gibran School A Doomed Concept

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Submitted by Sheena (United States), Aug 20, 2007 at 13:37

The reasons for the establishment of KGIA defy common sense and the need to inculcate a spirit of patriotism in American school children. If we want to survive as a secular Democracy this is essential. If parents want to teach their children their "ancestral culture" that is their responsibility.

The need for learning foreign languages is real. Classes in, e.g., French, even on the college level, usually do not prepare one for conversation in French. Better than the madrassa would be a special language academy giving language instruction by immersion training, plus the regular middle or high school curriculum.

Many immigrant parents of American born children in America have desired to keep their children loyal to their culture, language, and especially religion, and have been bitterly disappointed that their children were "too American", preferring to go their own way. Would that the Muslim parents of this generation will have the same experience!

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