Grill Gove on Hebrew


By Simon Rocker
July 4, 2013
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Education Secretary Michael Gove is speaking on Monday night at an event at Hasmonean High School.

He should be pressed to explain his department’s continuing refusal to admit Hebrew as one of the officially recognised foreign languages for primary schools.

Only seven languages are on the approved list: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Mandarin and classical Latin and Greek.

Schools will be free to teach additional languages as long as they teach one of the seven. But some Jewish schools say in a crowded timetable, they only have room for one.

It makes little sense to include Latin and Greek and leave out Hebrew.

This unnecessarily prescriptive list smacks of over-centralisation and flies in the face of parental choice.

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happygoldfish

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 11:37

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Simon Rocker: It makes little sense to include Latin and Greek and leave out Hebrew.

that is classical greek

nobody speaks classical greek

nobody speaks latin

those are two classical, dead, languages

the schools which teach hebrew are teaching modern hebrew (ivrit) …

it makes very good sense to include latin and classical greek and to leave out modern hebrew!

Simon Rocker: This unnecessarily prescriptive list smacks of over-centralisation and flies in the face of parental choice.

"parental choice"?

which other parts of the national syllabus do you think should be abandoned in the name of parental choice?

and which other modern languages should be added to the list?

polish? kurdish? punjabi? arabic?

does magna carta mean nothing to you? did that hungarian peasant girl die in vain?


joemillis1959

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 15:58

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Why should Hebrew be on an approved list any more than Armenian, Swahili, Arabic, urdu, hindi, Tagalog, farsi or Yiddish?

Ancient Greek and Latin are part of our European/british heritage - and a source of much of our own langwich - while mandarin is spoken by the world's growing economy. The other languages of those of our European rivals (oops, partners).

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