I often hear from potential parents, “Why Latin?” “I thought Latin was a dead language?” or “Perhaps you should require a language that is more practical like Mandarin, Arabic or Spanish?”
The article below does not answer all of the questions above, but Jared Staudt gives the foundation of Latin’s importance in later studying other languages, the training to think logically that comes with learning Latin, and its importance to our culture and faith.
Here are a few quotes of interest:
“Not only has Latin served as the language of the Church since the third century, it also has provided the key language of education and learning.”
“On the Promotion of the Study of Latin,” he also proclaimed Latin’s crucial role in education: “There can be no doubt as to the formative and educational value either of the language of the Romans or of great literature generally. It is a most effective training for the pliant minds of youth. It exercises, matures and perfects the principal faculties of mind and spirit. It sharpens the wits and gives keenness of judgment. It helps the young mind to grasp things accurately and develop a true sense of values. It is also a means for teaching highly intelligent thought and speech.”
“Engaging in the rigors of ancient grammar teaches language itself, in a much more complete way than found in modern languages. Its complexity and precision leads to discipline within the mind itself, learning the craft of words and the logical thinking needed to form them clearly and cogently.”
Enjoy the article.