As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has no remit for education. In spite of that, so passionate is he for equal opportunity for all, he vigorously lobbied for Latin to be available to all at state schools.How can we understand our world, unless we understand the classical world first? argued the Mayor. The ignorant attitude of Ed Balls made him want to weep with rage. Boris said: “Such were my feelings on reading Mr Ed Balls on the subject of teaching Latin in schools. Speaking on the radio, Spheroids dismissed the idea that Latin could inspire or motivate pupils.” Presumably Ed Balls believes that the classics, an inspiration to millions, are only of benefit to pupils at fee paying schools.
Undeterred, Boris pioneered Latin as an option in 6 London primary schools.
Boris has done more than anyone except Michael Gove, to ensure that all kids in London have every opportunity to fullfil their potential. As Mayor, he has toured junior state schools, inspiring the kids with love of learning and hammering home the importance of knuckling down and grabbing your opportunities while you have the chance. A feature on London Tonight showed by the comments of some of the kids, how successfuly he got his point across.
Another subject Boris is passionate about is reading. He continually urges kids to read, instead of watching television and is a strong supporter of the London Standard illiteracy campaign, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Peter Andre. They all took time out to read to kids and make donations towards the training of volunteers who will help anyone needing help with literacy.
Boris Johnson’s attitude to education is the reverse of elitist. Instead of just talking about doing everthing possible to make sure of equal opportunities for all and maximising peoples’ opportunities to make the most of their talents, Boris is one of the few politician to step outside his remit and take action.