Salam Alykom dear sisters and brothers in Islam.. Hola to all my non-muslim followers. Y'all are lucky today, I'm making two entries. :) I was just so blown away by my daughters FB wall chat with my Aunt. I'm so proud of her and proud of how smart she is. :) By no means are we ignorant and we are very much open minded people. My parents raised me and my siblings to be this way. So, my daughter is very opened minded too. I love this way of thinking and push ignorance out the window... No room for ignorance in this family. Now, on to my entry. :) Have a nice evening everyone.
Aunt: well, get ready, Mansfield ISD near Dallas will require all students (middle) to learn Arabic and its culture :/ even though they have very few Arab residents there. They applied and received a grant. What's next?
Daughter: I think that's neat! Arabs have influenced so much in the modern world. Not to mention that the culture is super interesting...
Aunt: Texas second language is Spanish, our kids need to learn spanish as their second language. They can learn other languages in college (their choice).
Daughter: Wait, so they're not going to teach Spanish anymore?
Aunt: I don't know, they didn't go into that.r http://www.wfaa.com/news/local
Daughter: They're just going to start a program that explains how Arab culture has influenced Western society. A lot of things from the Middle East have... been brought to the West. It's only right if Americans have an idea. Plus, it'll broaden their minds and teach them not to always associate Arab with terrorist.
Aunt: well, that's ok if it is voluntary, not forced upon our population:/ it should be offered as an elective
My Daughter: Some of the parents seem very supportive of it. I think it's a great opportunity for the kids to actually learn stuff like that. Many probably won't be able to travel outside of the US, so it's good that they learn about other cultures and how to appreciate them. The world worked together to make it what it is.
Aunt: that is what is sooo great about this country, immigrants assimilate into our language and culture and it all seems to work out in the long run but it is important to protect our rights and freedom to make decisions concerning our lives and our children.You will understand that better when you are a parent (far far off for you :) You have been blessed with a really good education and the ability to learn languages but remember not everyone is as blessed.
Daughter: I'm aware of that, so it's good that they're trying to teach a different language in this great country, right? If anything, it reinforces the meaning of freedom which is linked to education. Everyone in America has the right to education. ...Learning a new language is part of education.
If learning Arabic has some parents on the edge, I think that's kind of sad. Of course I know there's such a thing as prejudice and moreover, fear (because of 9/11 and everything). But not all Arabs are terrorists. Why aren't parents against kids learning Spanish? Mexicans have their own war going on, with the drug cartel and everything. They're terrorists to their own country.
I'm glad that they're trying to embrace something so foreign.
Aunt: this has been a really interesting conversation, loved communicating with you. it's been fun and maybe soon we can get together and talk in person. Tell your mom to call me so we can all get together. Maybe barbeque or cook something really good my bed is calling to me so sleep tight
My daughter: I'll definitely tell her. Hopefully we can get together soon, that would be GREAT. I need someone to speak German with. haha
Good night, Aunt (name here )
final whisper: she really makes me proud.