Forward with Classics!

Forward with Classics! is a new book (2018), edited by Steven Hunt, Mai Musie and Arlene Homes-Henderson.

For a review, see here.

Despite their removal from England’s National Curriculum in 1988, and claims of elitism, Latin and Greek are increasingly re-entering the ‘mainstream’ educational arena. Since 2012, there have been more students in state-maintained schools in England studying Classical subjects than in independent schools, and the number of schools offering Classics continues to rise in the state-maintained sector. The teaching and learning of Latin and Greek is not, however, confined to the classroom: community-based learning for adults and children is facilitated in newly-established regional classics hubs in evenings and at weekends, in universities as part of outreach, and even in parks and in prisons.

Foreword: Mary Beard.

Part 1: Education Policy and the Effect on the Provision of Classics in Schools

  1. Getting Classics into Schools? Classics and the Social Justice Agenda of the UK Coalition Government, 2010-2015. Steven Hunt.
  2. Widening Access to Classics in the UK: How the Impact, Public Engagement, Outreach and Knowledge Exchange Agenda have Helped. Emma Searle, Lucy Jackson and Michael Scott.
  3. Classics in Australia: on Surer Ground? Emily Matters.
  4. Reintroducing Classics in a Brazilian Public School: Project Minimus in Sao Paolo. Paula da Cunha Correa.
  5. Changing Priorities in Classics Education in Mainland Europe. John Bulwer.
  6. Latin is not Dead. The Rise of Communicative Approaches to the Teaching of Latin in the US. Steven Hunt.

Part 2: Carpe diem. Finding and Taking Opportunities to Deliver Classics for All.

7. Delivering Latin in Primary Schools. Barbara Bell and Zanna Wing-Davey.

8. Latin in Norfolk: Joining up the Dots. Jane Maguire.

9. Introducing Latin in a State-Maintained Secondary School in England. Lessons Learned. Rowlie Darby.

10. Creation and Impact of Regional Centres of Excellence for Classics: The Iris Classics Centre at Cheney and the East End Classics centre. Lorna Robinson, Peter Olive and Xavier Murray-Pollock.

11. Developing a Classics Department from Scratch. Two Case Studies. Olivia Sanchez and Nicola Neto.

12. Academia Latina: Working in South African Schools and Prisons. Corrie Schumann and Lana Theron.

13. Taking Classics into Communities. Patrick Ryan, Francesca Richards and Evelien Bracke.

14. The Appeal of Non-Linguistic Classical Studies Among Sixth Form Students. Aisha Khan-Evans.

Part 3: Classics in the Future.

15. Classics Online at the Open University: Teaching and Learning with Interactive Resources. James Robson and Emma-Jayne Graham.

16. Classics and Twenty-First Century Skills. Arlene Homes-Henderson and Kathryn Tempest.

17. Classics in Our Ancestors’ Communities. Edith Hall.

Conclusion: Steven Hunt, Mai Musie and Arlene Holmes-Henderson.