By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz
August 7, 2007 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org
It is now clear why the New York Department of Education has been dodging requests by concerned citizens who have been trying to determine what type of institution the proposed Khalil Gibran International Academy will be.
Charges leveled against KGIA by these writers – that it will in essence function as a madrassah, a center for indoctrination not education – are proven by the school’s own executive summary [Access KGIA Executive Summary Here], a document recently released under threat of a lawsuit by the Stop The Madrassah Coalition.
The summary is actually a manual for creating an Islamist vocational school, one in which every activity is planned around creating social activists with an Arab supremacist mindset, in the mold of KGIA’s activist/principal Dhabah Almontaser.
Despite the New York Dept. of Education Chancellor’s assertions to the contrary, KGIA will even bow to shari’a in its cafeteria, where halal food will be served. This is a clear incursion of Islamic religious principles into the public sector, a reason recently cited by Mr. Klein as justification for shutting the institution down.
With a pedagogy wrapped around social activism, the students will be strongly urged to get involved with the surrounding Arab community, within which a radical Islamist sentiment figures prominently.
The executive summary is open about how KGIA will function as a prep school for social activists, outlining a mythical day at the institution where the, “goal is to share with the rest of the freshman class their own collaborative experiences and reflect upon the lessons they’ve learned from them utilizing the following quote.”