By Danette Clark Originally posted on May 27, 2012 at RBO2.com
Beginning in September 2012, elementary students at PS 368 in Manhattan Hamilton Heights will be taught Arabic twice a week. Although several schools offer Arabic language courses, PS 368 is the first public school in New York to mandate Arabic as a required part of its curriculum.
The program was created as a partnership between the Global Language Project and Qatar Foundation International. Qatar Foundation International in Washington, DC is a special project and affiliate of the Qatar Foundation, which has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Qatar Foundation was started in 1995 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who launched the international Arab news channel, Al Jazeera in 1996.
The Qatar Foundation recently appointed Tariq Ramadan to head its new Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Qatar.
Ramadan, who was previously banned from entering the United States, is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al Banna. Ramadan’s ban from the country ended in 2010 when the Obama administration issued him a U.S. visa.
(More on the Foundation’s connections here.)
PS 368 s principal, Nicky Kram Rosen, claims one reason she selected the Arabic language course for PS 368 is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) standing.
The IB program is funded and run by the United Nations and, according to Brannon Howse, founder of Worldview Weekend, the curriculum is extremely hostile to Christian and American values and big on humanism, pluralism, and the redistribution of wealth.
There has been much controversy in recent years over both the required reading and suggested reading lists from IB schools across the country. A majority of these books have been found to be full of graphic descriptions of violence, torture, incest, rape, homosexual sex, prostitution, and drugs.
The IB program has been promoted by progressive far-left educators for years.
Today, the curriculum is in over 1000 schools nationwide, many of which President Obama promotes as innovative schools for the 21st century.
One such school was established in July, 2009 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, an IB World School named the Barack Obama Academy for International Studies.