Reviving Latin teaching in Great Neck –

It looks as though what we would call secondary school students are teaching Latin in primary schools. Good for them.


Forty fifth-graders at E.M. Baker and Lakeville elementary schools in the Great Neck district are learning the basics of Latin this fall through an after-school program coordinated by Great Neck South High School students Brian Miranda and Christopher Leung.

The program was initiated last year by Brian’s brother, Stephen Miranda, who was a senior then and concerned about the declining interest in Latin. He secured a grant to provide Latin lessons from Ascanius: The Youth Classic Institute.

“My goal is to increase enrollment in middle-school Latin by showing fifth-graders that Latin is not as difficult as it’s proclaimed to be, and that it’s actually quite interesting,” said Stephen.

The weekly classes are being offered through January.