My own views about the value of Classics and Latin do not just stem from my experiences as a professional Classicist. The rigour and attention to detail that I have developed as a Classicist has also informed my development as a swimming and water polo coach, my 'expertise' in web design and computer technology, and to some extent my development as a musician.
I recently responded to a computer graduate who was doubtful about the value of the humanities, specifically Classics, over sciences. This was the basic text of my response:
You may or may not remember that in the mid-80s computer companies were desperate to find graduates who they could train to programme. Who were those graduates? Specifically ... Maths, Music and ....... drum roll ... Classics. Why?
Those are fairly pragmatic reasons, but subject choice is also important:
There is no doubt in my mind - speaking now as a Careers Coordinator and someone who has been on university selection committees - that Latin is a very helpful subject to have and is regarded highly by universities and employers.
This article by Peter Jones 'Why Classics?' is a must-read. It can be found on the Classics for All website. Classics for All objective is to introduce Latin into 1000 state schools by 2020. Quite simply in the context of the European Schools, if our students do NOT study the Classical World they will soon find themselves disadvantaged in comparison to the British counterparts.
Further links and arguments below ....