However, people’s reasoning for encouraging students to study Latin seems a little skewed: it gives you an understanding of grammar and syntax; it makes learning other languages easier; it gives you strong analytical skills… the list goes on. Yes, Latin gives you useful skills, but this is not why it should be taught widely. Subjects should not be on the curriculum with the sole aim of moulding children for future careers. If this were the case, then why not scrap English literature and replace it with Deciphering Management Jargon? An A* to anyone who can correctly define ‘benchmarking’.
Latin should be widely taught because it is intellectually stimulating…