Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Catalan will now be required for university professors

In its continuing quest to screw up the educational system in Catalunya in the name of linguistic “equality”, the Generalitat is now in the process of passing a law which will require professors to know Catalan.

Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is one of the strongest opponents of the changes, which, given that they are the most international (and one of the highest rated in Spain) universities in Catalunya isn’t a big surprise.

The many of the top professors at UPF don’t even speak Spanish very well (or at all), since in many scientific fields (such as computer science) all significant academic work is done in English.

Reminds me a bit of the story of when a small-town German prosecutor wanted to jail a couple Harvard PhDs (whom Germany had spent significant resources recruiting) who had the audacity of calling themselves “Doktor” (only EU universities count).

It’s frustrating to go on vacation to parts of the world (with non-stupid attitudes towards language) and then come back here and see a know-nothing minority trying to impose their romantic vision of a Catalunya that has never existed on a majority of the population doesn’t want it just because they have the swing votes in parliament.

2 comments:

Jeremy Holland said...

Tell it as it is brother!

Anna Mero said...

You have no cultural or historical perspective to understand it.