Andrew Brown (Notebook 15 November) is right that Latin is on the march again. Schools should take notice, since we now know that it delivers serious long-term advantages. YouGov recently carried out a nationwide survey of people who had in the past studied something classical. The purpose was to find out its value in later life - if any. Of those who had studied classics - mostly Latin - up to age 16 and no further, four out of five, young and old alike, indicated that they had found the study beneficial or extremely beneficial, for a wide range of linguistic, literary, historical and cultural reasons.
Note: the report on the survey by Colin McDonald, who organised it for us through YouGov, can be found under 'survey' on the home page.