Say Yes to Arabic Language Elective at Paragon Science Academy.
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Dear Paragon Science Academy,
Communities across the United States and supporters of diverse pedagogy believe in the importance of cultivating a true appreciation for cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity. We, the parents of PSA students, wish to advance these ideas and encourage our children to view culturally inherent differences as building blocks rather than barriers and offer challenging opportunities to explore and grow both academically and socially. With this in mind we would like to encourage our school leaders in Paragon Science Academy to present its students with the opportunity and option of learning Arabic as an elective language.
The necessity for a greater number of Arabic speakers is obvious, given the amount of trade the United States does with Arabic speaking countries in the Middle East and that region’s growing economic importance in world trade. Many large companies have economic interest there, and knowledge of Arabic language is often a prerequisite.
Arabic is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world. According to the United States census, there are about 14 million people interested in Arabic Language in the United States. Consequently, we strongly believe that the school system should reflect that diversity in their curriculum.
As Arab nations gain more of a global presence, knowing Arabic and understanding the Arab culture will be more valuable for American businesses seeking to tap that growing market.
Beyond a potential economic benefit, a growing number of organizations are promoting Arabic education as a way to promote diversity in second and third generation Arab-Americans. Those who learn Arabic gain deeper insights in the Arab cultural and political values. Arabic speakers can negotiate and assist in solving and avoiding intercultural conflicts, promote global understanding and tolerance.
Sincerely, the undersigned: