Charter: Elementary kids would learn Arabic
By The Atlanta Constitution
Arabic has the same number of letters as the English alphabet. But they change shape as they are grouped together to form words and phrases. Arabic text is read from right to left, back to front. And it requires sounds that are not found in English, Spanish, French and other European-based languages.
“It’s really hard adjusting yourself to reading right to left,” said Najeeba Abdullah, a third-year student at North Atlanta. “When you’re learning Arabic, you almost have to completely forget English.”
The opportunity for young children makes the Amana Academy proposal ground-breaking, Webb said.