Teaching Cornish in our schools is a total waste of time
Having read the article (WMN, October 3) regarding the teaching of the Cornish language in all the schools of Cornwall to be funded by the Government I find this hard to accept as I understood the reason for sending our children to school is to learn subjects to help them in their future lives, not to try speaking a language that has been dead for over a hundred years.
To refer to this language as a "wonderful asset" is worthless – outside a couple of thousand people residing in Cornwall to use it among themselves which is a very tiny percentage of our population and is of no use when they cross the Tamar.
To say "do those in charge of schools know that Cornish is so different from English" is an insult to the members of the teaching profession both in schools and administration.
Then to add that Cornish is "a perfect introduction to foreign languages" is absolute rubbish and a formal apology should be made to those referred to.
The fact that "80% of place names in Cornwall are in Cornish" does not mean a thing in speaking the language, once you have gone past those starting with Tre, Pol and Pen there are not a lot left.
Also adding the names of streets and road signs in Cornish is a complete waste of time and money, especially in large residential estates. No one takes any note of them, if they start using them on the mail letters and parcels the postmen might get a little confused.
Asking the Government to require every primary and secondary school in Cornwall "to state in their prospectus what their policy is towards the Cornish language" is pushing the boat out a bit too far.
What is happening in Scotland as far as Gaelic is concerned has no connection or like for like with Cornwall.
I would suggest that you take your heads out of the clouds and return to the ground of reality.
You have been provided with a Cornish Language Office why not use it to organise after school classes for your own tutors to teach Cornish by arrangement with schools, colleges, village and church halls etc. and treat it as a hobby for those who wish to take part. I am sure that those who wish to attend these lessons would be willing to pay a small charge at each meeting to cover your expenses.
If this was to prove a success I would give you my best wishes to reach your aims and enjoyments. Just keep in mind that Cornwall is a very small county – not a country. I am not Cornish born but have lived, been schooled and worked in Cornwall for over 70 years. Of course I married a Cornish girl and have four children and nine grand- children scattered at home and abroad. Like most I have had my ups and downs but I have loved my life in Cornwall and would not wish to live anywhere else.