How the Classics Seek to Make Whole What the Woke Want to Fragment
In the midst of woke iconoclasm across the English-speaking world, the French minister of education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has led France, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus in promoting the study of Latin and Greek. At a time when universities like Princeton have cancelled the requirement that classics majors learn the languages in which the texts they study are written, Blanquer is calling for vocational students to learn these ancient tongues in order to grow culturally. The French education minister and his counterparts in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus recognize the foundational nature of Latin and Greek and of the literature recorded in them.
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is a retired secondary teacher of English and philosophy. For forty years he challenged students to dive deep into the classics of the Western canon, to think and write analytically, and to find the cultural constants reflected throughout that literature, art, and thought.This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #60, Spring 2022 Copyright © 2022 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo60/the-power-of-greek-latin