In my Latin classes the most interesting discussions often have almost nothing to do with Latin.

Things we have talked about recently: the stock market, aliens, abortion, mortgages, profanity, nature vs. nuture, feminism, prostitution, spelling reform, social justice, immunization, the calendar (BC/AD), and the health care bill.

My students know much more math than I do, but they do not know how what compound interest or amortization are. They do not know the difference between stocks and bonds, or what Wall Street has to do with the economy. I know these things not from formal education, but from life experience.

This is why I love teaching Latin. Ironically, if I were a math teacher, I might not be able to teach them about the stock market. As a Latin teacher, I can allow tangents to go almost anywhere. This is because: More

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