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:
Employers “There are not enough young people with strong Computer Science degrees, especially cyber security”
Gavin Williamson “Hold my beer…” https://t.co/W2TQiDkE3g
— Mr Matt Doble (@MattDoble89) July 31, 2021
Gavin Williamson pic.twitter.com/wUdEJytNNB
— Heather Greatbatch (@MsGreatbatch) July 31, 2021
Very good point. Why not learn Norman French or, if you really want to understand the roots of modern northen European languages, Frisian.
— Glyn Hughes (@SquashedBox) July 31, 2021
I read that Gavin Williamson wants to introduce Latin, when I'd have thought that teaching pupils about equality, fairness and budgeting would be a better use of teachers time.
— 🔶Jonathan Banks🔶 💙Parliamentary spokes RNP (@Jonathan_MBanks) July 31, 2021
If my kids want to learn latin, I'll give them an Asterix book.
It is a dead language Gavin Williamson, you stupid boy, the only reason it's elitist is because the elite can afford to waste time learning it.
Deal with the Covid crisis in schools, now is the perfect time to do so. pic.twitter.com/jyg5zSOCuQ
— Damien Willey (@Cornish_Damo) July 31, 2021
So Gavin Williamson wants Latin to be taught in state schools. Improving mental health services for young people would be a better option but I don’t think he’s considered that.
— Jess Rowlands 🌹 (@rowlands7_jess) July 31, 2021
Teaching Latin in state schools "to help pupils learn modern languages" – a typically dimwit wheeze from Gavin Williamson.
The best way to help children learn modern languages is to teach these more & better.
Compulsory Latin is likely to put them off languages for life. pic.twitter.com/JMclqfRats
— Tom Scott (@Tom___Scott) July 31, 2021
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:
Gavin Williamson is inspiring in that he shows absolutely anyone can become a Government Minister.
— Bob Morgan #BLM 💙🔸 (@Bbmorg) July 31, 2021
Congratulations to Gavin Williamson for the foresight of seeing that German, French, Spanish et al will become redundant now we're out of the EU and planning for our closer ties with Latinarnia 👏👏👏
— AViD 💙 (@AViDRambler) July 31, 2021
BREAKING : School children rejoice at discovery learning to say “Gavin Williamson” in Latin is easy pic.twitter.com/l21yFc0rCD
— LCD Views (@LcdViews) July 31, 2021
I’m sure nobody would want to argue with that!
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