Mandatory Arabic Classes Coming To Mansfield
MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Some Students at Mansfield ISD schools could soon be learning Arabic as a required language. The school district wants students at select schools to take Arabic language and culture classes as part of a federally funded grant.
The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant was awarded to Mansfield ISD last summer by the U.S. Department of Education.
As part of the five-year $1.3 Million grant, Arabic classes would be mandatory at Cross Timbers Intermediate School and Kenneth Davis Elementary School. The program would also be optional for students at T. A. Howard Middle School and Summit High School.
Parents at Cross Timbers say they were caught off-guard by the program, and were surprised the district only told them about it in a meeting Monday night between parents and Mansfield ISD Superintendent Bob Morrison.
The DOE has identified Arabic as a ‘language of the future.’
Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to why the DOE thinks that Arabic is a language of the future?
UPDATE: Thanks to ‘giggles’ for the pointer:
The Mansfield, TX school district that was set to implement mandatory Arabic classes has now “slowed the process of implementation” in order to garner more parent input.
“A Mansfield ISD program to teach Arabic language and culture in schools is on hold for now, and may not happen at all,” CBS DFW reports.
Read the entire article at The Blaze.