Outrage as French govt reveals plan to teach Arabic in primary schools — RT News

Najat Belkacem

Najat Belkacem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russia‘s RT reports that France’s Education minister, Najat Vallaud Belkacem, has found herself on the firing line since revealing a plan to teach Arabic to primary school kids as young as six. Belkacem has suggested including Arabic among the language choices for French pupils.

Source: Outrage as French govt reveals plan to teach Arabic in primary schools — RT News

This is a highly political issue ahead of the French national election in April/May 2017. I suspect that this statement will push more ordinary French people to towards Marine Le Pen.

It’s a very irresponsible remark in my view. I suspect that Ms  Belkacem was looking for headlines and patronage from her supporters. Although she describes herself as a non-practicing Muslim, her remarks will strengthen the power of Muslims in France.

For me, this illustrates the dangerous politics that is coming from the far-left in Europe. Rhetoric and headlines come first and evidence is subordinated. It’s just like the casual remarks of former London mayor, Ken Livingstone. Perhaps, Livingstone will propose Arabic in the UK’s schools?


Dr Alf’s Two Cents: BBC News – Numeracy: Pupils struggle with sums in Wales says Estyn

United Kingdom

United Kingdom (Photo credit: stumayhew)

This story reported by the BBC once again raises questions about the deteriorating quality of the UK’s education. It’s a RECOMMENDED READ in my view.

BBC News – Numeracy: Pupils struggle with sums in Wales says Estyn.

Forgive me for blowing my own trumpet with a somewhat conceited personal example!

I remember when I was a child, at the age of ten, I won a prize for mental arithmetic. My name was the only name on the honor’s board in the assembly room at Bell Lane Primary School in North West London for many years. Years later, I met people who were much younger than me but were inspired by my example.

What can I generalize by my own example?

Firstly, I believe that there is too much bureaucracy in teaching these days.

Secondly, I think that there should be a return to basic skills in teaching, like  reading, writing and arithmetic.

Thirdly, I believe that the teaching profession has become too political and there is a need to return to the fundamentals.

Any thoughts?


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