While everyone sings the praises of the intifiada and the religious board teemed with imams, the Khalil Gibran International is failing its students miserably. CLOSE THIS MADRASSA AND GET BACK TO TEACHING READING, WRITING, AND RITHMATIC! Basta!
one teacher’s words
Feels her daughter should not be in this environment.
And another teacher’s
words:.. she wants her (her
sister, who is a student ) to go back to the original school they
planned on because the child is not getting an education. She deserves the best
as she’s brilliant.
January 30, 2008 — This week’s not-so-surprising news: The
Khalil Gibran International Academy, the controversial Brooklyn middle school,
is having difficulty providing for its special-education students.Khalil Gibran’s curriculum is focused on Arab culture and language.
Arabic culture? Is there a course in clitorectomies, honor killings, mandated spousal abuse, and subjugation?
Given the realities of modern America and New York, such an institution was
guaranteed woes unless designed and managed perfectly right from the start.Which it wasn’t, to put it mildly.Its first principal, Debbie Almontaser, refused to denounce the selling of
"Intifida NYC" shirts by a women’s group with which she was loosely associated.Almontaser dismissed "intifada" as an innocent phrase of empowerment for
Arab women – knowing full well that most New Yorkers associate the phrase with
Palestinian uprisings that have killed hundreds in recent decades.Almontaser’s indifference hardly calmed the concerns of early critics, who
feared that the school was a disguised "madrassa" for Islamic fundamentalist
instruction. She eventually resigned – and then turned around and sued the
Department of Education in a still-pending case.Two weeks ago, Holly Anne Reichert became the school’s third principal in
six months.And now it comes to light that the school has been unable to fulfill its
obligation to special-ed students.Yes, "special education" is a costly and complex enterprise. But the law is
the law – and Khalil Gibran has evidently been violating special-ed mandates for
at least five months.Plus, parents complain of a "chaotic" learning environment for all
students.Isn’t enough really enough?Such a situation is unfair for all concerned – and is a waste of money.
Isn’t it time to shut the door on the Khalil Gibran International Academy –
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