The New York Times describes the story of Debbie Almontaser, who dreamed of starting a unique public school in Brooklyn in which children of Arab and non-Arab descent would join students of other faiths in learning Arabic together, with hopes of becoming ambassadors of peace and hope. Plans for the school, however, have not gone so well; children have been suspended for carrying weapons, gotten into fights, and reportedly taunted an Arabic teacher by calling her a terrorist. The academy’s troubles continued, as the school’s creation provoked a controversy so incendiary that Ms. Almontaser, a teacher and inter-faith activist, said she was forced to resign by the mayor’s office following a campaign that pitted her against critics who claimed she had a militant Islamic agenda. The full article and story following the school can be read at the link below.

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