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got an 'A' in his Latin GCSE. Some footballers, it seems, are a cut above the average.

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the singer, not to be confused with a legendary Queen of Carthage, gained 'A' levels in Latin, Greek and Philosophy.

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is someone else who needs no introduction. Broadcaster, writer, actor, he has championed the importance of a classical education in a post-modern world.

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of Coldplay read Classics at University College London, graduating with a first class degree.

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is the CEO of The Economist .... He has a Classics and Philosophy degree from St. John's Cambridge, followed by an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence.

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probably needs no introduction. But just in case you did not know she studied Classics and French at the University of Exeter.

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We Want YOU? Mayor of London, Boris read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. He was also (briefly) a student at EEBII and worked in Brussels.

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was the Director General of MI5. He studied Classics at Bristol University.

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is the head of CNN. He majored in Classics from Brown University (USA).


My own views about the value of Classics and Latin do not just stem from my experiences as a professional Classicist. The rigour and attention to detail that I have developed as a Classicist has also informed my development as a swimming and water polo coach, my 'expertise' in web design and computer technology, and to some extent my development as a musician. 

I recently responded to a computer graduate who was doubtful about the value of the humanities, specifically Classics, over sciences. This was the basic text of my response:

You may or may not remember that in the mid-80s computer companies were desperate to find graduates who they could train to programme. Who were those graduates? Specifically ... Maths, Music and ....... drum roll ... Classics. Why?

  •     Each of those subjects is a 'language'.
  •     You need to understand very specific terminology, signs, and codes.
  •     You have to be able to pay close attention to detail - one mistake and the whole programme can be a mess.
  •     You have to work extremely hard to be good at those subjects.

Those are fairly pragmatic reasons, but subject choice is also important:

  •     Choosing Classics demonstrates a desire not to be "mainstream", i.e. you think for yourself.
  •     You have independence that is not necessarily geared towards the wishes of peers, parents, or teachers.
  •     Money is not your only consideration.
  •     You are PREPARED to work HARD to pursue a subject you love.

There is no doubt in my mind - speaking now as a Careers Coordinator and someone who has been on university selection committees - that Latin is a very helpful subject to have and is regarded highly by universities and employers. 

This article by Peter Jones 'Why Classics?' is a must-read. It can be found on the Classics for All website. Classics for All objective is to introduce Latin into 1000 state schools by 2020. Quite simply in the context of the European Schools, if our students do NOT study the Classical World they will soon find themselves disadvantaged in comparison to the British counterparts.

Further links and arguments below ....


 
Why Latin? Links

 

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