Tuesday, 21 June 2011

'Scottish studies' is crude apartheid

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. 

8 comments:

John Page said...

Properly constructed, the subject would have to include Hume, Adam Smith, and the Darien debacle.

If it gets hijacked by ghetto academic advocates, well that's life. As an Englishman with Scots blood, I say it's entirely up to Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Its all part of the break up of the Union. And it will all end in tears - Scottish tears.

Coney Island

Gallovidian said...

Not such a bad idea if done properly.

Any sensible study of Scotland must emphasise the close ties of blood and culture with England, Ireland and Wales as well as with our fellow Europeans on the continent, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The fact that Gaelic has probably less of a history in Scotland than English does, our forefathers spoke Brythonic which is closer to Welsh, would also be related.

I'm all for a better informed populace, and our history and culture should be taught.

What's the betting it'll degenerate into a gay lovefest and dripping on about multiculturalism and the slave trade?

Anonymous said...

I went to an English school and was taught English everything, including the bad bits (the abuse of my people by the British ruling classes, for instance)

We were treated like shit for centuries and now the political class want rid of us altogether. Haven't you heard Rædwald, we're going to be a minority in our own land by the end of this century?

My family goes back more than 700 years in the West Country, my name rather longer: it's Saxon, West Saxon.

What's more important, the Union or the Englisc? I asked myself that question and so should you. Honour your ancestors, stand with your people Rædwald. I'll think of you at the summer blot where hundreds of our kinfolk gather.

Steve

greg tingey said...

Required reading:
"The Steel Bonnets"
by George Macdonald Fraser .....

greg tingey said...

Required reading:
"The Steel Bonnets"
by George Macdonald Fraser .....

Steve said...

"Imagine the howls of rage from north of the border if it were proposed to teach English Studies in English schools."

Even worse for folks like you. Imagine there wasn't...

Weekend Yachtsman said...

It'll just be a front for pushing more Anti-English prejucide.

All part of the softening-up process before the referendum.

"Do you realise, children, how evil the English actually are?"

And so on.