Mandarin and Arabic? Why Not English?

I see that our illustrious Schools Secretary, Ed Balls announced the latest “bright idea” from Labour last week, which is to ensure that children in our primary schools are able to speak fluent Madarain and Arabic – (click here to read the Times Online story from January 4th)

Mr Balls accuses the Conservatives of “focusing resources on the few, not the many” by which I assume he proposes that every primary school child will be able to extend their linguistic repertoire in such an exotic way?

Maybe it’s just me, but I would have thought in these austere recessionary times when budgets are tight, shouldn’t Mr Balls perhaps ensure that all our children leave school with the ability at least to speak, read and write English fluently?

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One Response to Mandarin and Arabic? Why Not English?

  1. Maybe Ed Balls is deeply anglophobic like his leader.

    The DCSF recently changed its mission statement from:

    “The purpose of the Department for Children, Schools and Families is to make England the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up.”

    To:

    “The purpose of the Department for Children, Schools and Families is to make this the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up.”

    Where’s ‘This’?

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