Friday, December 5, 2008

Silencing KGIA

Seth Wessler, writing at Colorlines, updates us on the scene at Khalil Gibran International Academy since founding principal, Debbie Almontaser, was forced from the school's leadership.

Sixth-grade students at the newly opened Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn were probably surprised last year when they opened their Arabic books to find photographs cut from the pages. “We cut pictures of mosques out of the Arabic books,” said Hassan Omar, an Egyptian man who until last spring taught Arabic and humanities at the academy, the country’s first Arabic-English, dual-language public school. “We are afraid that anything could be taken out of context.”

Read the rest of "Silenced in the Classroom" here.

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