Schools in Dearborn, Michigan should ban the use of Arabic unless absolutely necessary to communicate with parents or students, concludes an independent report. From the Detroit News:
A study commissioned by the Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency said the use of Arabic by students in the bilingual programs in Dearborn Public Schools slows the assimilation of students “into the school and American society in general” and fosters suspicion among students and teachers who don’t speak the language.
The report singled out Fordson High, which is 90 percent Arab. Fordson teaches all subjects in Arabic for newcomers who aren’t fluent in English.
“(Bilingual education) reinforces a perception by some that Fordson is an Arab School in America rather than an American school with Arab students,” the report stated.
District officials said they will explore ways to accelerate students into English-only classes over the next 18 months.