The Hamilton Heights School in Harlem is offering its students Arabic. I commend all linguistic endeavors and found the article interesting. Although, making Arabic mandatory seems like a stretch:
Twelve second graders ran around a classroom playing “Simon Says” and “Duck, Duck, Goose.” But it wasn’t just for fun. The students at the Hamilton Heights School were learning Arabic, which will be offered to all second- through fifth-grade students in the fall. . .
Currently, the 239 students at P.S. 368 can learn Spanish or Mandarin after school. This year, 35 students studied Spanish and 42 studied Mandarin. In March, a small pilot group of 12 students took Arabic classes instead of recess.
I posted earlier on a “bathroom” in Seville. And I talked about the choice of the word hammam. It gets mentioned in this article:
“My favorite word is hammem,” Olivia said with a mischievous grin. “It means toilet.”
That has been my favorite word too. In the past. Not recently though. At least not today.