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Creating global citizens! Minneapolis Public Schools to teach Somali language and culture

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 30, 2012

But can they speak English???

It’s too late.  We are lost!

From Insight News:

Minneapolis Public Schools may very well be the first school district in the nation to offer Somali language classes to high school students. At South High School, where MPS’ Somali classes are offered, nearly 60 students are registered in two class periods, one that focuses on Somali language and another on culture. “Somali language is an important element of one’s identity,” said Dahir Hassan, Somali language and heritage teacher at South. “If you don’t speak the language, it is hard to claim that identity.” [Uhhh!  Aren’t they Americans now?]

Heritage language and culture classes devote a portion of the school day to providing instruction in students’ home language and culture. The goals of the program are to maintain and expand students’ language resources and to strengthen immigrant students’ connection to their home culture and community. According to the Minnesota Historical Society, in 2010 there were an estimated 60,000 Somalis living in Minnesota, the largest Somali population of any state in the U.S. MPS has over 2,800 students who speak the language at home.

MPS leaders responded to parent requests to offer heritage language classes for Somali students. “When I met with Somali parents last year at community engagement events, they made it clear that heritage language instruction was a priority for them,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of schools. “The academic value is undeniable, so I was determined to see it become a reality for our students.”

Their culture and country is a wreck, isn’t that why they are living here?  Are they planning to teach them how their culture failed them and their people?

Students who learn heritage language and culture develop a broader world perspective, delving into cultural, historical and geographical knowledge of their home country and the world. “When I was my students’ age in Africa, I didn’t have any sense of value for my own culture,” said Hassan. “After going abroad I realized that in order to learn about other cultures, I had to first understand my own [what a bunch of PC mumbo-jumbo!—ed].  My hope for this class is that the students will learn the tools to not only be proud of where they came from, but to be successful global citizens.”

Sounds like Minnesota is right on target with The Hijra.

7 Responses to “Creating global citizens! Minneapolis Public Schools to teach Somali language and culture”

  1. I went to South High School in Minneapolis, and I only graduated a few years ago. I don’t find this story surprising, as sad as it may be. South is absolutely infested with liberalism and multiculti propaganda, and there’s a huge number of Somali students. The percentage of the student body that is Somali will only increase as whites flee and the Somali birthrate keeps on cranking out 6 new Somalis per woman, all of whom will attend the high school.

    The entire area of the city will become Little Somalia in 10 years.


    • acorcoran said

      Thanks for the report. With little attempt to assimilate the ever-growing immigrant population we will have a completely balkanized America in a generation.


  2. […] Creating global citizens! Minneapolis Public Schools to teach Somali language and culture […]


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    Here are a sample of some headlines that can easily be found:

    Learning languages ‘boosts brain’, Learning another language ‘could protect against dementia’, Learning new languages helps the brain grow, Learning a foreign language can help you live longer … and so on. These are all actual headlines from major news outlets that publish and discuss research on this matter.

    And here is a quote from an article on CNN

    Quote: As the human body begins its natural decline in old age, bilinguals seem to maintain better cognitive function, said Ellen Bialystok of York University in Toronto, Ontario. This is the case even for people with dementia. Bialystok and colleagues have studied many Alzheimer’s patients, both monolinguals and bilinguals. They found that bilinguals were on average four to five years older than monolinguals at comparable points of neurological impairment. End quote.

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  4. tomasrose said

    yes, and all those involved are refugees or asylum seekers, the American-born children of refugees/asylum seekers, the relatives of refugees/asylum seekers who came over on various legal ‘follow-to-join’ programs, the friends and relatives of refugees/asylum seekers who are here illegally- this latter group having the potential to be the most long-term and harmful.

    And this because – at least partially- the Catholic- Bishops needed some way to cover the billions they have paid out for the crimes of some of the clergy


  5. shofar37 said

    Reblogged this on SHOFAR 37.


  6. paskudni said

    Stupid,stupid, and more stupid!


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