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Financial Literacy

We are fortunate to be blessed with a wonderful system of free education for all up to the age of 18 here, but nevertheless there are concerns about the adequacy of the educational provision. In a civilised society continually striving to progress and improve standards it is right that questions are raised about the quality of our schools, and that there is public debate about the right way to educate our children and young people. Times change, and what was right back in the 20th century is not necessarily right today.

I am old enough to remember when a knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin were a basic requirement for undergraduate entry to at Oxford or Cambridge. I’ve got an A Level in Latin myself; I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it, including a good grasp of the basic principles of grammar and syntax, and an introduction to the Roman literature and culture upon which much of modern Western civilisation is founded.

Latin is out of fashion these days, and most people think that Information Technology is more important. I wouldn’t argue with that, but what should we be teaching in our schools in