Rocco Romano recently entreated high school students to study Latin, but before extolling its virtues, he informed the reader that “students are most likely to study Spanish, French, Japanese or German.” He noted that these are “the most common languages taught in high schools,” but Latin “seems to have been lost over time.” His assertions here… Continue reading High School Latin Programs Are…Numerically Healthy
The following is presented not to be facetious or jocular, but simply to address a nagging curiosity which a few people might have: which of the major candidates studied Latin? We have begun collecting information on this issue by scouring the Internet (of course), contacting campaigns directly with the question, and (sparingly thus far) reaching out… Continue reading Which of the 2020 Presidential Candidates Studied Latin?
How did anyone survive as independent scholars, developing professionals, latrine-bound time-killers, and academic researchers before the Internet? Here are relatively recent articles related to ancient history, education, or the Classics which may interest Latin teachers and their ilk. 1. How did Ancient Greeks learn Latin? Dickey, E. (2015). Teaching Latin to Greek speakers. In E. P.… Continue reading Latinish Digest: Midsummer 2019
One of the touted benefits of Latin class is that the attendant cultural material often leads to in-depth looks at Greco-Roman myths foundational to euroamericano societies (one supposes “Western” culture would work as a byword), and even Judeo-Christian stories if your school administration is open-minded and good with accountability. Students may not continue reading Catullus (mildly NSFW… Continue reading For Spanish teachers: the ancient Afroeurasian canon in comic form
2003 saw the publication of “In Search of the Benefits of Learning Latin” by Ludwig Haag and Elsbeth Stern in The Journal of Educational Psychology. Frothing opponents of Latin studies seized upon the study (beware the logical argument depending on one study), and even proponents remain concerned by it. Sixteen years later, Latin studies are holding strong in… Continue reading In Search of the Benefits of Haag & Stern’s “In Search of the Benefits of Learning Latin”
There are many reasons to study Sanskrit. It’s a classical language with massive influence, and it’s vital to unlocking ancient religious, philosophical, literary, scientific, and historical texts from the Indian subcontinent and beyond. Long before such inquiries were undertaken in the Greco-Roman world, Sanskrit had been studied extensively to produce insight into the structure and… Continue reading Misdemeanors against Etymology: Misrepresenting Sanskrit’s Impact on English
The Classics are, as always, under attack and full of promise. In the midst of all this, one has to raise the important question: what about our young learners? On April 4 of this year, Kenneth Kitchell gave the ACL Centennial Lecture to the Classical Association of the Middle West and South on the topic of Latin… Continue reading The Future of Classics Has to Be Bigger Than Classics Departments: Thoughts on Recent Jeremiads