Okay, so the Houston School District, being the most diverse school district in America, has language immersion programs. If you want your child to learn a second language, you can send them to a magnet school where teachers are trained to teach another language. There are schools teaching Mandarin, French, Spanish, you name it.
Well, this year they have a magnet school that teaches Arabic in a full immersion program. It is popular – 490 applications for about 132 seats in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. They will teach half in Arabic and half in English. Equal parts of African Americans, Hispanics and Caucasians “make up the vast majority of the school’s student body.”
Yesterday was the first day of school. Little kiddos in pre-K and kindergarten went to their first day of school to be greeted by 30 adults scaring the crap outta them.
Protests marred the first day of class for about 132 kindergarten and pre-K students at the Houston Independent School District’s new Arabic Immersion Magnet School.
Shortly before 8 am, almost 30 adults spread along the fenced perimeter of the Heights-area school, waving American and Israeli flags while touting protest signs.
One of the signs said,”Everything I ever cared to know about Islam was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11-2001.”
Holy damn crap.
These are 4 and 5 year olds. Numero uno thing to know: they are not the enemy. There is a real special place in hell for people who think frightening children is a good idea.
Numero Twoo: Not all Muslims speak Arabic. And not all Arabic speakers are Muslim. A significant number are Christian.
Numero Threeo: You are idiots. Complete and total idiots. Quit waving the flag around. You do not own it. Go home.