An interesting paradox:
- Feb 16: Centre Unesco Catalunya â€“ Unescocat and Xarxa d’Escoles Associades a la UNESCO are among the organisations calling on the Catalan government to ignore the Constitutional Court rulling that parents have a right to educate their children in Spanish, the state language and their mother tongue.
- Feb 21: The Centre UNESCO de Catalunya will celebrate International Mother Language Day with a speech by Davidson L Hepburn, President of the General Conference of Unesco.
The paradox is only apparent: on International Mother Language Day some mother languages are more equal than others, and one of the benefits of agreeing is that you may qualify for the free lunches for life enjoyed by the generally useless and frequently fascist apparatchiks who crowd the Unesco trough. Still, it will be interesting to see whether Mr Hepburn uses Spanish (which he speaks reasonably fluently) or pretends he only knows English (which might bring a restaurant upgrade).
Although it may generally be beneficial, particularly in primary, I don’t really give a toss about mother tongue education. Rather I think parents should be allowed to choose the medium, be it Berber, English or medieval Occitan, on the grounds that they care more than the educational bureaucracy about their children’s interests and probably know enough to make an intelligent decision. The consequence in Barcelona, as in India, would be the rapid marginalisation of the “national” language, which would be of immense economic benefit to all … except to the handful of state parasites pictured in link no 1 above.
- Language immersion counter-productive, says Finnish prof
Being a naive progressive, my opposition to the illegal policy of compulsory Catalan language immersion has always been based on appeals
- Perspectives for home schooling in Catalonia
It’s looking good, and who the hell cares if it’s unconstitutional?
- Official languages
There’s a lot of fuss at the moment in the land of the free about attempts to make English the official
- No more French language education in Algeria
At least in Catalonia you’re still allowed to run a private school in your language of choice. Algeria’s jefe just removed
- Fines for “incorrect” language use
As we go into recession the governments of two mini-“nations”, one with a state, the other with considerable autonomy, both worse