By Simon Rocker
July 4, 2013
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.