Writing on his No Sacred Cows blog today, free school advocate Toby Young saddles up his high horse on the issue of spelling:
Labour MP for Hammersmith Andrew Slaughter (in tie at rear) protests against the opening of the new ARK primary school in Shepeherd’s [sic] Bush by holding up a sign in which the word “building” is spelt wrong. Could there by any greater advertisement for why local education needs improving?
Notwithstanding his typo here and the fact that this historical protest was, erm, not about schooling at all, it seems that Young is the last person to be correcting the writing skills of elderly demonstrators.
Much emphasis has been placed on the near-magical qualities of compulsory Latin in the curriculum of his West London Free School. Addressing parents at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre in December, the presentation given by Young and headmaster designate Thomas Packer was lent added gravitas by the motto “Nulli Secundis”.
Unfortunately for Toby, this is completely meaningless — not to mention embarrassing — as the correct spelling is “Nulli Secundus”.
The foremost exponents of Latin in schooling can’t even use it themselves.