Introducing Latin into state schools when the education system has never felt so irrelevant or detached from the challenges of real-life sounds like a bad joke.
When Britain’s economic landscape is creaking under the ever-widening skills gaps vital to drive the economy, how’s best to prepare British young people to become economically viable capable independent citizens?
Spend £4 million adding an ancient dead language to the curriculum, what else?
It’s Gavin ‘Frank Spencer’ Williamson’s answer to making languages less elitist.
The irony that a language demanding logical thought in a Latin Excellence Programme will instantly create elitism is clearly lost on the secretary of state for education.
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It might be based on the Mandarin Excellence Programme, but Mandarin is a highly sought-after relevant language for today’s business world that makes its scholars instantly employable. When was the last time a job spec demanded for Latin?
However, I do like Williamson’s statement: “There should be no difference in what pupils learn at…