Back to school is a difficult time for everyone. There’s lots of adjusting going on, the sunlight hours are getting shorter, and people are protesting language programs. That’s right, not even learning is safe anymore.
This week a group of protestors held up signs to show their anger that the Houston Independent School District was sending 132 toddlers to a brand new Arabic immersion program. One sign read, “Everything I needed to learn about Islam I learned from Muslims on 9/11”. So to be clear people are not upset about the actual tenets of this program people are upset because #Muslims.
The school hosting the bilingual program is the Arabic Immersion Magnet School and will teach classes half in English and the other half in Arabic. Because this is not a religious school at all, none of the children will be getting an Islamic education nor will they be reading the Qur’an to learn their alif, ba, ta’s (if you took an Arabic immersion class then you would get that joke). I mean let’s be serious here, no one is looking to teach children ancient Quranic Arabic when most of the Arabic speaking population today functions on Modern Standard Arabic. But bigots don’t make that distinction do they?
“Everything I needed to learn about Islam I learned from Muslims on 9/11”
So let’s lay out some facts here. Muslims are not the only people in the world who speak Arabic. In fact, out of the entire Muslim population of the world, only 20% can speak the language.
In the Houston area, Arabic is the second most spoken foreign language at home behind Spanish. The second MOST spoken language.
It has been proven time and time again by scientists and researchers that bilingual education at a young age serves to increase brain functionality later in life. Children who can master multiple languages like Spanish or Arabic or Mandarin are going to be adults that will stand a better chance in the job market. Do these protesters not want our children to succeed?
Learning a new language also opens students up to new cultures. Arab culture is incredibly diverse and encapsulates several different countries and yes, it also encapsulates are large amount of Muslims. In a society where anyone that is brown is seen as a threat, shouldn’t we all be chomping at the bit to raise a new generation that won’t repeat what they’re seeing now?
The educational value to this program is as limitless as the ignorance in these protesters. It’s insulting that people hate Islam so much that the smallest hint of it sends them into a panic. Yes, terrorism is scary. But not every single Muslim person is walking around strapped and waiting to take out a monument. The same way that not every white person is going to shoot up a movie theater. Not every Latino is a rapist. Not every Black person is a thug/rapper/basketball player/degenerate. Not every Asian is good at math. Not every stereotype has a basis in reality. Not every single bad thing that we hear about a group of people should shape how we see an entire population.
Readers, I love writing. It is my passion and it is my calling in life. But I absolutely cannot wait for the day until I no longer have to write about these kinds of things.
Oh and one more thing . . . #creepingsharia.