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An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.
Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes â€” putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.
One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic â€” as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French â€” is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing....
One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic -- as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French -- is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing. ...and will come in handy when the United States falls to Islamic rule. There is no reason to make it mandatory anymore than Latin or Chinese. Let the students decide.