Latin to be offered to state school pupils to make the UK even more out-of-touch

Wearing the dunce’s cap yet again: but should Gavin Williamson get all the blame for wanting to inflict Latin on our unsuspecting sprogs? I suspect this is another daft demand from Boris Johnson and Williamson, being a dimwitted yes-man, is just pushing it through.

It is as though Gavin Williamson actually sat in the Department for Education, thinking: “I can’t screw up exams this year; how else can I bugger up state school kids?”

Here’s what he came up with:

Latin lessons are to be offered to thousands of state school pupils in England as part of an effort by the Department for Education to make the language less “elitist”.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said a new programme would ensure the subject was not “for the privileged few”.

A £4 million Latin Excellence Programme will see the ancient language offered to 40 state schools in England as part of a four-year pilot, according to The Daily Telegraph.

It makes a perverse kind of sense: having killed the economy with Brexit and enormous numbers of the population with Covid-19, the Tories now want us all to learn a dead language.

It’s not as if there aren’t plenty of other things to which Williamson could be devoting his time – as the Twitter community was quick to point out:

All good points as I’m sure you’ll agree.

Other commenters have taken glee in pointing out that Williamson has, yet again, drawn attention to his own shortcomings:

I’m sure nobody would want to argue with that!

Source: Latin to be offered to state school pupils to make subject less ‘elitist’ | The Independent

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4 thoughts on “Latin to be offered to state school pupils to make the UK even more out-of-touch

  1. kateuk

    I went to a state grammar school in the 1960s and we were all forced to learn Latin. I hated it, and it’s never been of any use to me. It would be of much more use to offer extra European languages (assuming schools already teach French) such as Spanish, German or Italian.

    1. Gerry Conroy

      I learnt latin in the 60’s/early 70’s, I also studied French at the same time. I am sure that my Latin helped me( after I left school) with French, Spanish and Italian, however learning la plume de ma tante est bleu gave me no ability to interact with the French whatsoever! Foreign language teaching in the UK needs to be totally overhauled and focused on basic understanding of spoken and written language and the ability to communicate orally.

  2. J Edington

    As someone who had Latin foisted on them for 1 year, hated every minute of it and failed every test/exam, I still think that there is a place for it in some circumstances, as long as it is not compulsory. Most modern European languages have some basis in Latin. For pupils, probably very thin on the ground, who really want to go on and study languages, rather than pick up a bit of Spanish for their holidays on the costas, it does give a broad starting point.

    Having said that, the costs of having to offer Latin to that select few should make it a very low priority under the current educational circumstances. As folk have said, there are much better options for the cash.

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