Scottish Education Secretary supports Latin

If anything comes of this, it could be excellent news.

My Google alerts are failing to provide live links this evening, so this is via Fantasy Book Review

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop last night announced her support
for the “dead” language to be resuscitated in classrooms in a move
which would see children as young as nine studying the language and
culture of ancient Rome. Hyslop, who herself studied classics at
school, believes teaching Latin will give youngsters a better
understanding of their own language as well as making it easier to
learn French and Spanish.

And with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books
making Latin more popular than ever with children, as the boy wizard
casts his spells in the ancient language, there is an appetite for
learning among pupils. Teachers and politicians last night welcomed the
move but warned Hyslop would have to find extra funds to help colleges
train classics teachers and councils employ them. Although Latin
remains an optional subject on the school curriculum in Scotland, its
popularity has dwindled over the past decade. This summer, the numbers
of pupils sitting Higher Latin fell to just 826, with only a quarter of
candidates coming from state schools. South of the border Latin is
already enjoying a renaissance. The number of schools offering Latin in
England has tripled in the past eight years. A source close to Hyslop
said the minister believed her own study of classics gave her a solid
basis for learning English grammar and modern languages. The source
added that Hyslop’s target of improving literacy could be propped up by
the teaching of Latin.

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop last night announced her support
for the “dead” language to be resuscitated in classrooms in a move
which would see children as young as nine studying the language and
culture of ancient Rome. Hyslop, who herself studied classics at
school, believes teaching Latin will give youngsters a better
understanding of their own language as well as making it easier to
learn French and Spanish.

And with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books
making Latin more popular than ever with children, as the boy wizard
casts his spells in the ancient language, there is an appetite for
learning among pupils. Teachers and politicians last night welcomed the
move but warned Hyslop would have to find extra funds to help colleges
train classics teachers and councils employ them. Although Latin
remains an optional subject on the school curriculum in Scotland, its
popularity has dwindled over the past decade. This summer, the numbers
of pupils sitting Higher Latin fell to just 826, with only a quarter of
candidates coming from state schools. South of the border Latin is
already enjoying a renaissance. The number of schools offering Latin in
England has tripled in the past eight years. A source close to Hyslop
said the minister believed her own study of classics gave her a solid
basis for learning English grammar and modern languages. The source
added that Hyslop’s target of improving literacy could be propped up by
the teaching of Latin.

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