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  • Texas has accepted $100,000 from Qatar to promote Arabic language and culture, the third school in Texas to do so.
  • The money is said to be going to teacher salaries, curriculum development, instructional materials and some unnamed resources..
  • Other schools in Arizona, Maryland, and Oklahoma have also taken money from Qatar.

The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) granted $100,000 to a Texas school district to promote Arabic language and culture classes that begin next school year. This marks the third school district in Texas to accept funds from the Qatari non-profit’s global gift-giving arm.

The Austin Independent School District accepted the $100,000 from QFI to jump start new Arabic language and culture classes coming to three of its campuses in Fall 2016. The grant funds teacher salaries, curriculum development, instructional materials and unnamed resources.

Also, the University of Texas at Austin’s Arabic Flagship Program supports Austin ISD’s new Arabic classes. UT-Austin is one of four federally funded Arabic flagship college campus programs nationwide. Other participating universities are in Arizona, Maryland, and Oklahoma. The program started in 2000.

The Flagship Language program says it strives to prepare students to enter college with a “measurable” second language skill and to “push the model” to the elementary level, calling it vital to “educate a citizenry prepared to address the nation’s well-being in the 21st century.” The language program currently boasts 27 Flagship centers that provide a pathway to professional-level proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish.

In May, Austin ISD World Languages Coordinator Tina Dong called it paramount that the school district prepares students for college, career, and life by “equipping them with the skills needed to authentically interact with individuals from diverse cultures.” The school district folded the Arabic language and its culture among its clarion call. In a press release, Austin ISD described QFI as committed to providing skills “to enable K-12 students to be engaged global citizens through education.”

Last year, Breitbart Texas reported Al Jazeera creator Sheikh bin Al Thani, reputedly associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, created QFI. The organization gives to educational causes. In 2011, they partnered with the U.S. Department of Education’s Connect All Schools consortium “to connect every school in the U.S. with the world by 2016” digitally, which President Obama unveiled in his 2009 speech delivered from Cairo. QFI grants monies to over 20 U.S. schools in 10 states, reaching over 2,400 students.

According to QFI, their support comes with the intention to establish or expand Arabic and culture programs in K-12 public and public charter schools. In addition to Texas, benefitting schools are located in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Utah, and the District of Columbia. QFI also funds programs in schools across the United Kingdom and in Brazil.

QFI Executive Director Maggie Mitchell Salem welcomed three Austin public schools in “joining our growing network of partner schools across the U.S., making it a total of 24 K-12 schools across the nation invested in Arabic language and Arab culture education in 2016.”

In 2015, QFI granted Houston ISD $75,000 to jump start its Arabic immersion magnet school, which Breitbart Texas reported. QFI also funded Austin suburb Pflugerville ISD’s Arabic secondary programs at two high schools.

Of the chosen Austin ISD campuses, Burnet Middle School already offers a signature College and Careers in a Global Society program. Austin High School has its Academy for Global Studies with an international focus, according to the press release. The third public school International High shares a campus with Eastside Memorial High, which will have access to the course.

“With the addition of languages deemed critical by the Department of State, we further cement our commitment to develop socially and civically engaged students who will emerge from our schools ready to make a difference,” said Dong.

Austin ISD contends the program will continue for as long as interest exists. However, they say they intend to grow the Arabic language and culture program to more advanced levels. In the fall, they will start by offering Arabic 1. District spokeswoman Tiffany Young estimated 55 students will enroll between the two high schools with 15 more students anticipated to attend the middle school class.

Breitbart Texas spoke to Young to learn more about the district’s Arabic language and culture program. She said it was driven by “need” but that need accounts for only 497 students in a district of 84,000, reflecting only 0.6 percent of the entire student population. Interestingly, even that number appears to be down from 675 in 2013-14 based on an Austin KEYE-TV (CBS) report. At the time, an influx of Iraqi and Syrian refugee students certainly created a need — for Arabic speaking tutors in Austin ISD classrooms.

Young told Breitbart Texas by email that the district’s Department of English Language Learners (ELL) data broke down demographic home languages in April 2016. Behind Arabic at 497 native speakers came Vietnamese with 294, and Korean with 118. She said the three languages “ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 6th, respectively, out of 89 total home languages reported by parents.”

Still, Spanish tops the list at exponentially greater numbers. Sixty percent or approximately 50,000 Austin ISD students are Hispanic. Only 26 percent are White, about 8 percent are Black, and the remaining school district diversity is clumped into a largely unspecified “other”category totalling around 7 percent or 5,648 students. It includes Asian/Pacific Islander. The district says 57 percent of students come from low-income families. ELL accounts for 28 percent.

By contrast, in 2011, Austin ISD reported 196 Arabic students. Vietnamese student speaker population that year was 403. Korean had 144, and Mandarin, 83. Native Spanish speakers accounted for 30,000 students.

Breitbart Texas inquired on the impetus behind pursuing a QFI grant. Young noted that Dong was aware of the UT-Austin Arabic Flagship Program. She also said principals at the three schools expressed an interest in the Arabic language and culture class based on the “high number of Arabic-speaking students.”

Despite the assertion of a large population of native Arabic speaking students driving the demand, this demographic was not necesarily factored in as a category in the recently released Austin ISD annual demographic study based on Fall 2015 data. The report mainly forecasted 10-year projections of Hispanic, Black, White, and Asian ethnicities.

Breitbart Texas also asked Young about what Islamic culture will be taught in these Arabic classes. She said “Unfortunately, it is too early to provide examples because the curriculum will not be developed until the summer.”

By way of example, Young pointed out the district’s “Korean enrichment course already in place at Travis High School includes cultural topics such as traditional dress worn by men and women, as well as Korean food traditions.”

She said teachers of these new Arabic courses will work with the coordinator for three weeks this summer to develop thematic units of instruction alighted with the state standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE).

Young added: “Culture is a major goal area in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for LOTE instruction.  When studying culture, the expectation in the classroom, regardless of the language, is that students explore the products and the practices of the target culture.”

She continued, “Most importantly, student expectations include the ability to relate these products and practices to their underlying perspectives. In so doing, students are able to access higher order thinking skills as well as gain a deeper understanding of that culture being studied. An example of a product of culture would be French fashion.  An example of a practice would be German board games. Students are expected to evaluate the perspectives that underscore why French fashion and German board games are important to the culture of that group.”

Austin ISD will also expand its World Languages program to include Korean and Vietnamese language and culture programs. They already offer Chinese, Japanese, Latin, American Sign Language, French, German, Spanish, and Spanish for Spanish Speakers.

Source: Breitbart

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    jesse

    June 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    send them back to where they came from.

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    Evelyn & Jerry Vidos

    June 1, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    We don’t want Arabic culture in our schools in America because it’s a way for ISSI to infiltrate their beliefs into young Americans.

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    Evelyn & Jerry Vidos

    June 1, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    We don’t want Arabic culture in our schools in America because it’s a way for ISSI to infiltrate their beliefs into young Americans.

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    Mary

    June 1, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Why is this not illegal? If they come to the U.S learn English, leave your dress, Koran and habits there or go back to your own culture because it doesn’t belong in the U.S.

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    Brett Lutz

    June 1, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    This one of the dumbest headlines I have ever read. Qatar is an ally in the region and is very westernized. Several top tier US universities have branch campuses there including one of the MOST conservative, Texas A & M. By the way, don’t you think it’s a good idea to have some native born Americans be able to speak Arabic and know their culture if we’re going to keep buying oil and fighting wars over there?

    I joined your site years ago to have a good source of conservative news. But your repeated hatefulness and fear mongering have pushed me to the edge.

    By the way mobile support for your site sucks.

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    Lorellyn Weeks

    June 1, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Islam COMMANDS Muslims to terrorize us (Non-Muslims). Terrorism is BAD! BAN ISLAM! “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” (Sura 9:123) Muslims must make war on the infidels (unbelievers) who live around them.” (Qur’an 5:33) “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Also Islam is out to conquer the world! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmGRshS0PAw&feature=youtu.be

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    Larry

    June 1, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    This is America fought & paid for thruout history , one Nation under God ( not Allah )

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    Barbara Nelson

    June 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    In education for 30+ yrs. Schools are already way behind in teaching basics besides the more normal studies. Children already looking for the “easy life” and most are very impressionable. Need to teach u.s. history, English, math, etc. NOT ISIS.

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    John Paul Cooper

    June 1, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    These Texas are disrespecting the Texas Constitution. They just wanted to do it cause these are the liberal idea to get future Texas generations to help future elections in their favor by turning Texas from red to blue. Well, guess what, not gonna happen in my lifetime or my kids & grandkids.

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    Gary

    June 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    This is Christian Nation. God Bless America

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    Robert Pavlick

    June 1, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Let the “refugees” learn English, not teach US students Arabic !!! Any immigrants should learn the language of their host country and not the other way around !!!!!

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    Shirley Hackbart

    June 1, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    American schools, esp. Texas schools, should NOT be accepting ANY money from ANY foreign nation, especially ones who are our enemies!!!!!!! This makes me very angry that this is happening here.

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    CLARK MULLER

    June 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    If you are born and/or live in this country, English is the first and only language you should be learning in public schools period. If you choose to in high school or college to learn the language that is a choice not a requirement.

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    Allan Rothlisberg

    June 1, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Qatar does support terrorist organizations with large cash donations. They are a friend in name only……Islam has destroyed more cultures than any other political ideology……it is either submit, pay to be “left” alone or be killed. Read the book of war (Koran). It is a manual for making war and conquest…..nothing more, nothing less. All Muslims should be put on notice that if they support jihad, they will be deported back to their native land….no exceptions. We also need to close all radical mosques…..for national security. We did not allow the NAZIS or the Imperial Japanese to operate freely in our country during WW Two…….therefore, we should not allow the Moslem enemies to operate here either.

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    jp

    June 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Texas buys the text books of the whole country. If ISIS gets a foot in the text books industry they can change the teaching of the American youth.

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    Romayne Seward`

    June 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Our children are being bombarded with Islamic teachings and traditions when they are not allowed to pledge alliance, talk about Christianity, our forefathers in history, what this great nation stands for. We have lost millions of young people defending our freedom and it comes to this. This is the idealism with the left and the progressives. God bless United States of American and Israel.

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