Wednesday, 6 July 2011

July Education Forum

Does every child need a classical education?

Professor Denis Hayes will lead a discussion on classics this month.

Films, TV programmes and popular books about Greek and Roman history are undergoing a revival. A book about Socrates is a best seller. Almost 16,000 pupils studied GCSE Classical Civilisation last year. Latin is in the EBacc and Toby Young will ensure that all children in his West London Free School take Latin. Government is backing the revival and schools minister Nick Gibb answers the critics with a glib: “Are you saying working class children can’t do Latin?” Does all this mean that we are on the verge of a second renaissance? Or has the true spirit of a classical education gone? And is there more to a classical education than learning Latin?

Monday Monday July 18th 2011 at 7pm at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3AT. Contact for further details.