The government announced a £4 million boost for Latin lessons and got schooled – 15 best reactions
I have no idea why the Tories are so obsessed with having Latin taught.
I did it to A Level. I can occasionally translate things on tombs. That’s it.
— Emma Kennedy💙 (@EmmaKennedy) July 31, 2021
Hmm. It’s elite because only people who are guaranteed successful careers thanks to family connections, can afford to waste time on a subject whose only practical application is in understanding some of the dialogue in Asterix books… https://t.co/VefZPKHsXC
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) July 30, 2021
At least our children will be able to ask where the NHS went in Latin.
— 🇵🇸Sir Norman of Plague Island, KBE, CSE. 💚🏴☠️ (@Normanjam671) July 31, 2021
Tories: Latin must be taught in schools
Also Tories: Not sure about free school meals
— UK is with EU (@ukiswitheu) July 31, 2021
I remember a time that I visited a pub in Oxford, everyone was speaking English but when I walked in, they all started speaking Latin instead. pic.twitter.com/GPqTYsYN2y
— Dave Jones 🏴🏳️🌈 (@WelshGasDoc) July 31, 2021
Gavin Williamson pic.twitter.com/wUdEJytNNB
— Heather Greatbatch (@MsGreatbatch) July 31, 2021
Learning Latin can be useful, but state school pupils would have a better chance in life if they became fluent in bullshit, of the kind that’s taught at Eton.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) July 31, 2021
Not everyone was against the idea, and many cautioned against whataboutery. Dominic Minghella was more concerned about their motives.
There's nothing wrong with offering Latin in schools per se, of course. But I hope you'll forgive my skepticism of the government's bona fides. There's at least a prima facie case for thinking they're just stoking their culture war. After all, what have this mob ever done for us?
— Dominic Minghella (@DMinghella) August 1, 2021
A final measured thought from historian and author, Greg Jenner.
I see we have extended the culture war to learning Latin. There’s loads of good work being done to make Classics more accessible, and it’s not hugely helpful when people dunk on it
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) July 31, 2021