Which of the 2020 Presidential Candidates Studied Latin?

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?

Latinish Digest: Midsummer 2019

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

For Spanish teachers: the ancient Afroeurasian canon in comic form

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

In Search of the Benefits of Haag & Stern’s “In Search of the Benefits of Learning Latin”

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”

Spelling Bee Champions and the Value of Classical Languages

Does spelling matter? The New York Times offered this question to young readers, having recently printed a piece defending President Trump’s loose approach to spelling. Other publications have not been so charitable or sympathetic. Several writers in the popular media have assured us that spelling matters outside of the classroom, while academics have found that one’s spelling ability does… Continue reading Spelling Bee Champions and the Value of Classical Languages