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There are Better Ways to Teach Arabic to Americans

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Submitted by Alex (United States), Aug 16, 2007 at 16:27

Perhaps a way to avoid any proselytizing or politicization that might go on at a school like the KGIA would be to not instruct American students in the Arabic language until they are older, perhaps not until they have been schooled in civics in eighth grade. Such a program would depend, of course, on both a revamped civics program in American public schools and on America's Arab communities fostering a greater sense of citizenship amongst their members, which would be a concern more for political ethics within Muslim societies than for American--let alone New York City--policymaking.

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