Learning the hard way

16th February 2001 at 00:00
Learning the hard way. The Guardian

You might argue that, if a child shows great aptitude for languages, she should go to a specialist school. But if her local specialist school happens to be St Nike's Academy for Keeping Troublesome Youths Shagged Out B Running, how is her linguistic genius going to be fostered? What if, being Nigerian, she has an interest in her ancestral homeland, and her local centre of excellence is the Shell College of Short Memory?

Jeremy Hardy, Wednesday, February 14

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