Contextualizing the Need to Speak to and in the Other

“[T]he recognition of the need to speak other languages offers strong competition with which Classicists have difficulty competing. On the other hand, the public’s current emphasis upon the basics is prompting curricular reform which underscores the value of so-called ‘solid’ subjects such as Latin and which reemphasizes the relationship between a knowledge of Latin and… Continue reading Contextualizing the Need to Speak to and in the Other

Misdemeanors against Etymology: “camel”

A few years ago, Miriam Vamosh posted a musing on a “Word of the Day” on Haaretz which, on a Politifact Truth-O-Meter scale, might not quite rank a full “true.” Ride it or read it, the Hebrew word for that long-necked, hump-backed desert animal shares a linguistic genealogy with the English name it eventually inspired.… Continue reading Misdemeanors against Etymology: “camel”

“They have all studied Latin.”

In 1997, Hillary Clinton wrote an editorial about productive efforts in the public schools of Washington, D.C. In it, she noted: “…there are schools in Washington that are hidden jewels, offering important lessons about how public education can succeed even in the most difficult circumstances. At Banneker High School, all 82 members of the senior… Continue reading “They have all studied Latin.”