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Five months ago today, MK Oren Hazan (Likud) introduced a bill, requiring Israeli first graders to begin learning Arabic. Today, his proposed bill advanced to the next stage toward becoming law, with its approval by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
Times of Israel: Arabic to be taught starting first gradeEsser Agaroth (2¢):
October 25, 2015
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves a bill mandating that all students in Israel will learn spoken Arabic starting in the first grade.
“Especially during these days, in which terrorism grows and coexistence is undermined, it is important to lower the flames and create a bridge of language, cultural understanding and rapprochement between citizens,” said MK Oren Hazan, who advanced the bill.
“There is no better way to do so than to learn the language in order to understand the culture and mentality of a million and a half Arab citizens in Israel and hundreds of millions of Arabic speakers throughout the Middle East,” he said.
|MK Oren Hazan|
Those schools which already offer Arabic, begin teaching the Arabic alphabet by the fourth grade. Plus, English is generally begun by the third grade, with its alphabet introduced by the end of the third grade year.
It makes makes absolutely no sense. Three languages and three alphabets by the age of nine. The multilingual education in Europe is at least based on something much more practical and less confusing: One alphabet, and not three. In The Netherlands, German and English are taught, languages related to the nation's Dutch. In multilingual countries, such as Belgium and Switzerland, the second languages learned at an early age can actually be used on a regular basis.
Minister of Education (Jewish Home)
...working his magic...again!
As usual, educational bills are passed without much thought to educational principles. They are passed, with only the politicians agenda in mind. I guess no one ever thought to funnel the money for Arabic language instruction into something more worthwhile, such as Torah study, huh?