Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:07 pm
by Saim
zulumoose wrote:
Some people like doing things that you don't find particularly interesting.

Absolutely, I'm all for free participation, but that is nothing to do with compulsory subjects at school is it?

What would you say to the politically promoted revival of a compulsory school sport which less than 2% of the population have an interest in, though they ALL play and support another sport which is already played at school?

More than 70% actually, and the fact that you'd compare language with sport in that way is really emblematic of your myopic Anglocentric worldview...

Would you support it because playing any additional sport might make you better at a 3rd sport which you might show an interest in some day? Nonsense reasoning.

Well, I do think sport should be taught at all schools...

Many people who support language minorities are internationalists and progressives, fancy that! Is this just "wrongly placed internationalism.

Anyway, off to a Catalan class. Oh wait, that's also misguided nationalism, isn't it?

Yes, it is wrongly placed internationalism to artificially promote a minority beyond reason and utility.

There's no "internationalism" without recognizing that the human race is composed of many different peoples that are all essentially equal, and have the same right to dignity and generational transmission if identity and language without having a foreign one imposed on them. Anything else is chauvinism, not internationalism.

It is a bit like introducing homeopathy as a school subject, because a minority insist it is useful and although there is no evidence that it has practical value, we wouldn't want to be accused of not promoting their interests.

Except homeopathy is bullshit. Irish is an actual skill.

Did you CHOOSE to participate in a Catalan class? How would you feel about forcing it on the unwilling?

Spanish immersion schools are banned in Catalonia. As it should be. Well, I would support mixed medium (Spanish/Catalan) schools, but this situation is still better than the alternative situation - no one in what are essentially Spanish colony neighbourhoods around Barcelona being able to speak Catalan, and Catalan losing its ground even in Barcelona itself.