The subtitle of the article is outstanding:
A dead language helps forge identity and esprit de corps, like boot camp for Marines.
The boys are winning national awards.
“I invite anyone who doubts what this does for our students to come to a graduation and watch 100 black boys sharply dressed in caps and gowns and proudly reciting their school pledge in Latin,” says the school’s chief executive officer, David Hardy. “Not only is this an unexpected sight, it defies the low expectations society puts on young black men.”
Latin was one component of my double-major for my BFA. Let’s just say that I aced my GRE.
If only I had been given Latin at an earlier age!
This is a key for the renewal of the Church, by the way. We need Latin in our Catholic schools (as long as we still have a few left). Start Latin as early as possible. Give our Catholic children a huge head start. Moreover, I believe the Latin will have an impact on vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Latin aids a person’s entrance into the Catholic “thing”.
More from the WSJ piece…
Why Latin? Partly it’s that the language immediately raises expectations all around. You can’t fake Latin, either. When these boys learn it, they taste the satisfaction that comes from achievement.
Partly it’s the school’s thing. Even if students hate Latin, says Mr. Hardy—maybe especially if they hate it—it’s something everyone at Boys’ Latin goes through, what boot camp at Parris Island is for Marines. It builds identity and esprit de corps.
It’s also what helps make Boys’ Latin attractive to the Philadelphia School Partnership, an influential group of donors whose mission is to get more of the city’s kids into great schools—and put more on the path to college. Since 2011, these men and women have spent nearly $60 million in private funding to help thousands of low-income students attend schools such as Boys’ Latin.
As long as the school is doing great things, folks at the Philadelphia School Partnership don’t care whether the institution they are supporting is a traditional public school, a charter school or a private school. When they look at Boys’ Latin, for example, what they see is this: a high school that sends more black boys to college than any other in Philly— and has a waiting list to get in.
Here’s the deal… to teach Latin you need some books and a chalk board. You don’t need to throw zillions of dollars at Latin.
I’m with Fr. Foster on this one… HERE
“If you don’t know Latin, you know nothing!”