A few problems ago I posted one about the connotations of privilege that come with taking Latin. In my experience, schools (and thus students) that take Latin have almost exclusively been white and rich. I wrongly assumed that this was the case everywhere, so I wanted to highlight some counter-examples brought up by followers:
doortotheriver said: Thanks for bringing this up. My friend teaches Latin to underprivileged students at an inner city school.
jean-prouvaires said: this is largely true, but my school (for example) is a large+diverse public school in a lower class neighborhood that is oversubscribed and barely on budget. just to provide a counter-example.
caeliaest said: Eh. I’m about as working-class as it gets. When I was at school, we weren’t offered Latin, but the boys’ school associated with ours was. Obviously girls must not like Latin, or Classics for that matter, right? But now I’m older and I’m teaching myself. It all depends on how you’re defining ‘privilege,’ I guess.
I’m sure that there were more who saw the post and thought something along these lines but didn’t comment. I think this is a conversation worth pursuing further; if you’re interested, feel free to reply below.
What do you guys think? Is Latin associated with privilege? If so, is that fair? What can we do to help make Latin more accessible?