(Original post by MrShifty)
I prefer to think of language as an aid to communication, not a sub-nationalist trinket to be arbitrarly preserved and forced upon people in the name of 'heritage'. Since the scope of the celtic languages in helping communication and understanding is limited to small populations and bands of enthusiasts, it certainly shouldn't be a compulsory subject at school.
If, however, schools want to run optional lessons in celtic languages (Manx, Irish and Scots Gaelic, Cornish, Welsh, and whatever the Bretons lay claim to), that's fine if they have the resources.
You're right about the small populations, but the idea is to increase them.
I understand what you're saying, but tbh you don't really seem to grasp the situation. The British (english) state for hundreds of years tried to crush the celtic languages, because of its own insecurities, and only in the last forty or so years I think was welsh taught in school.
I speak Welsh and am damn proud of it. I'm proud to be from a country that has produced literature equal to, if not greater then anything from England. Whether you want to see it or not, language, nationalism and identity are all linked.
Having been taught in Welsh since I was 4, I can safely say that I've benefited from the more dedicated teaching that comes with it, I can learn other modern languages easier and I feel a patriotism that few people who havnt learnt a similar language could hope to understand.
Judging by solely official standards, Welsh-medium schools have better results then other local schools of comparitive demography.
I read recently of an old inuit woman who had written the complete guide to her native language: it was an incredible achievement, but she herself and the other locals chose to teach their kids english or french. The native language is down to 4 speakers, and will never recover.
Once a language stops being taught, it dies.
Man it seems, will never again invent a whole new language, as the world is too small. In 2,000,000 years of lingistic development, this is what was produced, generation by generation.
Who are you to decide that this painstaking process of building a language, forming an identity around it and enduring centuries of strife was for nothing?
you deride heritage: its not your heritage