by Bill Bumpas
A pro-family attorney in The Lone Star State says Washington bureaucrats are “meddling” in local education by “forcing” schools to teach students about the Arabic culture.Parents in a North Texas school district are upset that they were not notified until after the fact about a plan to require all students in a couple of schools to learn Arabic culture. Officials with the Mansfield Independent School District apologized to outraged parents at a recent meeting for not informing them of a mandatory curriculum change at Kenneth Davis Elementary School and Cross Timbers Intermediate School.
Mansfield was one of five school districts in the country to receive the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) Grant, which identifies Arabic as a “language of the future.” The plan reportedly involves embedding Arabic culture in all facets of school activities, from discussing the Arabic roots of the word “algebra” to serving a Middle Eastern dessert at a class party. The Mansfield classes are part of a five-year, $1.3 million federal grant.
Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute, says Washington is obviously “forcing” onto a local school district something that was never part of the district’s plan.
“In other words, the local board…was trying to develop a curriculum that was best for the children [and] this wasn’t part of it,” says the Christian attorney. “And so to change that — because the federal government is trying to meddle — I think is a big mistake.
“And that’s what the parents are reacting to,” he adds. “That’s why they weren’t notified of this, because it was never in the plans.”
According to Shackelford, federal bureaucrats are inserting themselves into an arena best left to local decision-makers.
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I know that school vouchers are on the list of things the new Republican House wants to “take on”. I hope it’s sooner than later. It sure would help many families that don’t want their kids to be subjected to the Department of Educations pro islam PC movement propaganda.