Proposals have been made by the Scottish Education Secretary to introduce the new subject of 'Scottish studies' to Scottish schools. Russell says in an interview with the Glasgow Herald "We have fragmented the issues and the problem has been there has been a lot of complaints that there is not enough access to Scottish history, Scottish literature, Scots language or Gaelic.I have a view that we should unite these different strands to give pupils an opportunity to see Scotland and its place in the world in the round. This will provide a good opportunity to provide a new topic that will help develop a better-informed populace in Scotland."
Imagine the howls of rage from north of the border if it were proposed to teach English Studies in English schools. And no doubt it will have exactly the same effect as the teaching of 'ebonics' did to black pupils in American schools - that of fostering racism, encouraging apartheid and accenting dissent and difference.
One's knowledge of our culture and being comes informally from friends, family and local institutions, is shaped by living and socialising in our own cultural environment. It is not something to be indoctrinated by the State - except a totalitarian State.