“Learning Arabic will help your children gain jobs in the oil and gas industry, state department, and many multi-national corporations.”
REMEMBER WHEN ENGLISH WAS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD?
“The new Arabic language-immersion magnet will have two pre-kindergarten and two kindergarten classes “that focus on Modern Standard Arabic,” KPRC-2 Houston reported. The district told the news outlet it intended to add a new grade level each year as students move up to the fifth grade. Arabic is the second most common foreign language spoken at home in the school district, according to KPRC-2.”
The Houston Independent School District (ISD) will be adding its first Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School in Fall 2015. The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously to approve plans for the new specialty public school campus at its November 13 meeting.
In response to the vote, Houston ISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier said in a district news release, “Houston is one of the world’s leading energy capitals and it has strong economic ties to the Middle East.”
He added, “Those factors combine to create a significant demand in our city for Arabic language fluency — and we want to meet that demand.”
The new Arabic language-immersion magnet will have two pre-kindergarten and two kindergarten classes “that focus on Modern Standard Arabic,” KPRC-2 Houston reported.
The district told the news outlet it intended to add a new grade level each year as students move up to the fifth grade.
Arabic is the second most common foreign language spoken at home in the school district, according to KPRC-2.
The Approval of Arabic Immersion Magnet School (E-1) document in the board meeting packet underscored a “significant demand for Arabic language training, both from families with Arabic ethnic cities and from members of other ethnic groups who simply want their children to grow up fully bilingual with valuable and rare language skills in an increasingly competitive global economy.”
It stated, “Houston is home to more than 75,000 Arab-Americans.”
Houston ranked ninth in cities with vibrant Arab-American populations in 2010, according to the Houston Chronicle, although the newspaper recently reported more conservative numbers than what was presented at the board meeting.
“The greater Houston region has seen its Arabic-speaking population grow by more than a third since 2009, to 23,300 people last year,” according to the Houston Chronicle on November 13.
Also, in Top 10 Home Languages of HISD Students, the Houston Chronicle reported Arabic reflected 1.3% or 855 students. Spanish topped the list at 92% or 58,365 students.
KRTK-13 also reported lower statistics in late August when the school district was “working in conjunction with the Arab American Cultural and Community Center to recruit Arabic-speaking volunteers for the district’s 754 students whose first language was Arabic to serve an influx of “refugees from Iraq, Egypt and Syria, whose families fled violence and ongoing conflict.”
The 2014 Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Metro Houston prepared by the Greater Houston Partnership Research Department did not account for Arabic as a language spoken at home in its report (p. 13) nor did it address Arab-American population growth. It did project that by 2044, Hispanic growth would eclipse all other ethnic groups combined.
The report identified Arab as an ancestry for 0.7% or 41,653 people as part of the current Houston-Sugar Land- Baytown, TX Metro area based on the 2013 American Community Survey of a 6,313,158 total population. By comparison, 51,145 people of Czech ancestry were listed as 0.8% of the population.
Their findings were based on statistics from the US Census Bureau, the Texas State Data Center, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School at full capacity with an even smaller demographic of native language speakers. The Houston Chronicle’s Top 10 Home Languages of HISD Students identified Mandarin Chinese speakers as 0.5% or 319 members of the student population.
Houston ISD also has two Spanish dual language programs at Emersonand Helms elementary schools. The district plans to grow the program.
Similarly, Dallas ISD serves its diverse population with Spanish bilingual learning pre-K to grade 5.
The Houston ISD release said that research showed long-term academic and social benefits from students learning new languages. They claimed that studying a foreign language enhances students’ analytical skills, memory and creativity.
“It also helps students gain a more profound understanding of their own culture and develop a more positive attitude toward other cultures. Speaking more than one language also make students more valuable in the workforce,” the district added.
Preliminary Arabic language immersion magnet partners may include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, and “other key community groups such as the US/Arab Chamber of Commerce” noted in the board meeting agenda documents.
Houston ISD accounted for 213,000 students . The Examiner reportedthe district’s student population at nearly 211,000.
Magnet schools are public school programs. Houston ISD applied for and was awarded Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) three-year grants from the US Department of Education including $11.4 million grant in 2010 and $12 million in 2013 for language immersion and STEM-centric learning, all part of the workforce ready, college and career tracks to build “human capital in the classroom” according to theHouston ISD 2012-13 Annual Report.
Houston ISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. The district website lists student demographics as 61.9% Hispanic, 25.2% African American, 3.5% Asian, and 8.2% White; 80.4% are economically disadvantaged and 100 languages are spoken.
In 2013, Houston ISD applied for and won the Fed Led Ed competitionRace To the Top – District (RTTT-D), a backdoor for school districts to participate in states like Texas which did not apply for RTTT funding.
Houston ISD’s five-year, $30 million grant is from the US Department of Education, which promotes workforce readiness through College and Career Readiness Standards & Assessments and the Common Core, the latter which Texas did not adopt, although Breitbart Texas has reported on incidences of Common Core materials coming into Texas classrooms.
The district won RTTT-D for Linked Learning, a college and career driven project and TEKS-based learning program that brings “the career into the classroom” according to the district’s annual report.
Breitbart Texas contacted Houston ISD to inquire further about language immersion magnets. An interim PR spokeswoman was not able to answer our questions before press time. 
The English language is considered as a universal language, mainly because it is the most spoken language worldwide.
Through out history, people have had to communicate to each other, whether it be for business, for hunting, or for fighting… From the very beginning of human civilization it has always been the main international language used, originally established for the dominant civilization; the Latin language was expanded by the Roman Empire, the French language became popular for the Napoleon conquests, and finally the English language from the UK expansion and the incursion of USA as the first world power, and it’s basically through all the conquests, the commerce, the religion, the education and the technology that English has became the first language worldwide.
One of the reasons why it’s the universal language is because it’s the ‘business language’. For example if a company is dealing with a foreign company with a different mother tongue, they will use the English, the universal language to communicate to each other.
English is the main language of these countries where there is lots of languages spoken, like in India where more than 700 languages are spoken by their local people.
English is also one of the most studied language all across the world, most of the countries teach it as a second language from primary school.
As per the statistics, it said that the English language is one of the easiest languages to learn, if we compare it with languages like Chinese, German, French and even Spanish.
Worldwide we see that most of the communication sources, information and material sold or given to us are in English, for example: films, TV shows, music, documentaries, popular brands, etc….
It is such an important language worldwide, that 80% of the information that we find in the internet is in English, take this into consideration because the internet is one the most used and effective sources of communication across the world. 
Debate is loud, long in Irving on state’s foreign-law bill
Aminah Hamed (middle) and Sami Hamed stand while a resident speaks against Texas House Bill 562, and while Sherry Mecom waves a U.S. flag from her seat during a city council meeting at Irving City Hall on April 2, 2015. Two rival community groups spoke out on the statehouse bill widely believed to target Islamic influence in America. Since City Council voted to endorse the bill, disputes about religious freedom, bigotry, crimes and the Constitution have spread from Irving all the way to the Capitol.
IRVING — [Published: 02 April 2015] — American flags and headscarves sprouted from a packed crowd Thursday at City Hall as dozens of people spoke out on last month’s City Council vote to back a state bill that many think targets Muslims.
But uproars, outbursts and police quickly interrupted the long stream of public speeches alternately about religious bigotry or defense of the U.S. Constitution.
“Islam’s goal is to immigrate, assimilate and annihilate,” Paris Bahcall told the council — one of several residents to echo conspiracy theories that Muslims plan to take over U.S. courts and culture.
“That is offensive!” Laith Albataineh cried from his seat.
Bahcall finished her speech to widespread applause as police escorted Albataineh outside for his outburst.
“We’re engineers. We’re in the FBI. We’re in the armed forces,” Albataineh pleaded to the officers. “We’re not some freaking aliens.”
Muslim groups and other opponents of the bill had planned the night to protest the council vote, which endorses a bill by state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, that would forbid judges to use foreign law in their rulings, a practice that is already illegal.
Although the bill does not mention religion, Leach has singled out a Dallas-based Islamic mediation panel — often misrepresented as a Muslim court — as a problem the bill will solve.
Local mosque leaders say the controversy has prompted numerous threats in the last two weeks.
But the protesters at City Hall were overwhelmed by supporters of Mayor Beth Van Duyne, who has accused Muslim leaders of using the mediation panel to bypass U.S. laws.
Reports of threats
Throughout the night, speeches alternated between attacks and defenses of Leach’s bill.
“You can say House Bill 562 is not targeting a particular religion until you’re blue in the face,” said Alia Salem, who directs the North Texas chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations. “Our community has had to endure death threats, ethnic and religious slurs at the hands of your resolution.”
The Islamic Center of Irving has passed on to police and the FBI about a half-dozen threatening emails, letters and phone calls since last month’s council vote, mosque leaders said.
“We have lots of kids in the school, so we’re worried,” said Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh, the center’s director.
In an interview, mosque leaders said they were trying to step back from the firestorm.
“I don’t want to turn this into the center vs. the mayor or the Muslim community vs. the mayor,” Alkhawaldeh said.
Irving police have opened a harassment investigation. But when Van Duyne asked the police chief about the allegations of threats at Thursday’s meeting, he said none appeared to be criminal.
Mayor on Facebook
Van Duyne has portrayed herself on Facebook as a victim of the dispute.
“Recent events have put me under attack and I need your help now!” the mayor posted last week, with a link to her political fundraising site.
Asked who was attacking her, Van Duyne pointed to the media — including a Dallas Morning News report that labeled her “a hero among a fringe movement that believes Muslims … are plotting to take over American culture and courts.”
“Some in the news media say sticking up for our Constitution means we are part of a ‘fringe movement,’” she posted on Facebook this week. “As an elected official, when you swear an Oath to protect and defend the Constitution, you better back your words with action.”
Van Duyne’s support for the House bill emerged from her public criticism in February of the mediation panel, which offers to settle disputes according to the Islamic Shariah code, in compliance with U.S. laws.
The voluntary, nonbinding panel appears no different from those that Christian and Jewish groups have operated in the United States. But in a February interview, Van Duyne called it a “separate court” with “separate laws” that threatened constitutional rights.
Her Facebook page overflows with praise from across the country, lauding the mayor and linking to headlines like: “Texas Mayor Shuts Down ‘Shariah Court’ in Heroic Way.”
When a resident read anti-Muslim comments Thursday that had been posted to Van Duyne’s Facebook page, the mayor interrupted him to make sure the audience knew they weren’t her words.
Will debate die down?
On Wednesday, state Reps. Kenneth Sheets and Matt Rinaldi argued late into the night with the Islamic Center of Irving’s imam over whether he once demanded that the mayor apologize for her public statements.
Van Duyne interjected to accuse the imam, Zia Sheikh, of falsely claiming to be a lawyer on an early website for the mediation panel.
“That’s against the law,” the mayor posted on Twitter.
“I’m waiting to be arrested for apparently breaking the law,” Sheikh shot back.
He raised doubts that the debate over the House bill will die down soon.
He said groups were already organizing to turn out Muslims in May’s elections, when City Council members Brad LaMorgese and Tom Spink — who voted with Van Duyne to support the the state bill — will face re-election.
“They’ll advise the community to vote in a certain direction,” Sheikh said. “I’m sure they’ll have their say.”
After an hour and a half Thursday, everyone who signed up to speak on the dispute had had their say.
The mayor — who had urged respect during the night’s occasional outbursts — thanked them for speaking up and turned to other matters on the agenda.
“We’re going to go ahead and continue with the work of the city,” she said. 
Mohammad Bari prays outside Irving City Hall during a council meeting where many residents gathered to speak out on Texas House Bill 562.
Source: 1. http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2014/11/16/arabic-immersion-school-coming-to-texas/