Learning Arabic Is Controversial?

I spent three years of high school (long ago) learning to speak French (for the fun of it). I’ve spent the last 13 years of my life learning to speak HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc (to make my living). I’ve spent the last two years of my life learning to speak Farsi and Arabic (for, you guessed it, the $$). And, to see a mob mentality erupt over a language program in a public school is just beyond me. Yes, it’s NY. Yes, I understand the sensitivity to things Arabic given 9/11.

I work in the oil and gas business by day. I’m responsible for sales and marketing of a not for profit association serving the O&G market. Some of my customers are of middle eastern persuasions. I could just as easily have picked Chinese (and still might).

But, to single out a language program simply because of someone’s ethnicity or interest in language development exposes the ignorance (a word chosen carefully) of the accuser. There are some TREMENDOUS opportunities for those with the right combination of language and technical skills. We’re talking HUGE.

No one got this bent out of shape when I was taught BASIC in middle school.

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3 Comments on “Learning Arabic Is Controversial?”

  1. Please Do Not Yank the Chain « Sic Transit Gloria Mundi Says:

    […] — sictransitgloriamundi @ 12:47 am Tags: arabic, civility, politics In this article, Learning Arabic Is Controversial?, I’m assuming that the author just misses the point. He states “to single out a […]


  2. Fairly sure I didn’t miss any points whatsoever. Learning a language does not equate to learning an ideology any more than Arabs believe learning English makes them infidels. I’m sure there are extremists who believe the English language somehow defiles their purity. They’re as ignorant as my few fellow Americans who condemned the presence of language immersion schools in their midst.

    It’s a silly and dangerous notion to allow to take root.

    I’m of Cherokee decent. A “native American”. There was a time when the school supers would whack the bejesus out of my ancestors and those like them for speaking their native tongues (the Irish experienced this too). To the point entire native dialects are now lost or in danger of being lost due to prejudice and suspicion.


  3. […] Learning Arabic Is Controversial? (via gWHIZ) Posted on January 8, 2011 by inislamicworld I spent three years of high school (long ago) learning to speak French (for the fun of it). I've spent the last 13 years of my life learning to speak HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc (to make my living). I've spent the last two years of my life learning to speak Farsi and Arabic (for, you guessed it, the $$). And, to see a mob mentality erupt over a language program in a public school is just beyond me. Yes, it's NY. Yes, I understand the sensitivity t … Read More […]


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