Wonder what English readers make of the news that an Irish language group made up of teenagers living in Britain have delivered the report to 10 Downing Street calling for Gaeilge to be introduced into schools across Britain?
The report, ‘Raising Standards, Offering Choice’ found that Irish is currently the fourth most popular choice among a typical sample of children in British schools. (Yeah, sure) Student Simon Hughes (18) said the report called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to consider introducing Irish onto the syllabus of at least one school in every major British city. "The report that shows that at least five per cent of schoolchildren in Britain would like to study Irish," he said. Student Gemma Clarke said the group was determined to get its message across to the British and Irish governments.
These people are language fanatics and I trust this nonsense will be dismissed. There is only one language that English schools need concentrate on and that is ENGLISH! The joys of French, German even Chinese have much more relevance than an obscure alleged "language" such as Irish, in my view.