The repercussions of 9/11 continue to be felt:
An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.
Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses. …
Mohamed Mamdouh, who teaches the pilot program, said, “Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish. These kids are like sponges. It’s amazing to see their progress.’’
Too bad it wasn’t Peruvians who flew those planes into the World Trade Center. Then kids would be learning Spanish, which might actually come in useful. Also, we wouldn’t have a president named Barack Hussein Obama.
On tips from Sean, Bill T, Wingmann, Don M, Shawn, and Mickey Shea.