Essential reading for all parents with children in Wales’ schools:
Welsh devolution has failed the English-speaking majority in nearly every quantifiable measure and nowhere more so than in education.
Education has become a tool for the Welsh-speaking minority in the Welsh Government, and elsewhere, to socially engineer our children into ‘Welsh speakers’ and to become more Welsh through a revised history narrative.
Our children are no longer being taught how to think, but what to think.
All three main political parties (Labour, Conservatives and Plaid Cymru) in the Welsh Assembly (‘Welsh Parliament’) are led by Welsh speakers who are unanimous about using compulsion to impose their will and their language on the people of Wales.
The Brexit Party, UKIP, and independent Assembly Members, even if they wanted to oppose this social engineering, simply have no means to do so and occasional protestations have invited ridicule from the pro-Welsh language consensus in the three main parties.
Wales’ ‘media’ doesn’t do much if any scrutiny of anything that is even remotely likely to expose the damage being done to our children in the name of the Welsh language; all appear to be fully subscribed to the Y Fro Gymraeg nation-building concept.
The latest blow to ‘freedom of choice’ in Wales came from Boris Johnson who recently committed, presumably upon the advice from a few senior Welsh-speaking Tories, to offer his party’s manifesto support for Labour’s policy to create One Million ‘Welsh-speakers’ by 2050.
Jeremy Corbyn has not shown any inclination to challenge the Welsh language fanatics in the Labour-controlled Welsh Government.
With no political voice, and little evidence the media in Wales are willing to entertain investigative journalism which may prove damaging to the established consensus of Welsh language compulsion and imposition, parents like myself are confined to Social Media platforms to reach out to those who are absolutely clueless how much damage is being done to children in Welsh education. This applies especially to youngsters with no Welsh at home who attend Welsh Medium schools either through misguided parental choice or by compulsion.
My thoughts and views are echoed by many highly respected academics who are denied a public platform and their research papers and essays usually end up in academia archives, never to be seen again.
Here is a small example of this from 2013 when Dr Tim Williams (TW) argued that teaching Welsh is a futile experiment and that teaching through the medium of Welsh in English-medium schools damages education by concluding:
“The dog that has not yet barked in Welsh politics is the English-speaking majority whose identity is not represented in the dreams of Welsh nationalists.
They are keen to see the survival of Welsh and have supported full access to Welsh-medium education for those that want it.
But when this support becomes a zero-sum game, with their children used in futile experiments at language revival, they’ll get restless.
Don’t stir them up. You may find the existing consensus is the first victim.”
The ‘zero-sum game’ TW mentioned has now turned negative because the English-speaking majority are in a lose-lose situation where the loss represents their children’s under-performance in formal education, stifled by Welsh nationalist political dogma, perhaps unparalleled in the post-Stalinist/Nazi era.
TW’s notion that the children with no Welsh at home are damaged in Welsh-Medium schools has now been shown beyond any reasonable doubt by the meticulous collating and analysing of the KS2 and GCSE data obtained over several years from the Welsh Government using the Freedom of Information Act provisions.
Before I deal with the data, we should remember that we have a legacy spanning nearly twenty years of relentless misinformation, half-truths, and the use of cherry-picked information by the Welsh Government and the Welsh media promoting the virtues of the Welsh language, bilingualism generally, and Welsh Medium Education at every available opportunity. This is still happening, with no end in sight, despite the fact that more recent research has thrown doubt on, or completely refuted, many of the claims previously made in support of Welsh language imposition.
We are faced with a problem of how to inform the uninformed, and those previously misled, and how to get through to the general public who don’t really know what is happening in Welsh education. To make matters worse they don’t even know that they don’t know because the tendency is to believe government information. I, therefore, decided to write to Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Welsh Education.
My letter to the Minister used the open format starting with ‘Dear Mrs Williams’ followed by reams of facts and figures, clear of any ambiguity, to try and get through to her that Welsh Medium Education for children with no Welsh at home is, or arguably should be, a non-starter for the vast majority of children, unless she is absolutely determined to damage generations of our children by making them sub-optimally literate and numerate in two languages. Even if she is doing this with cross-party support.
The letter was sent on 18.10.2019, followed by a PS note containing additional information (22.10.2019). Both, duly acknowledged under the reference TO/KW/07373/19. The reply received on 08.11.2019.
All three sets of correspondence will be released over the next few days on every Social Media platform including my personal blog www.glasnost.org.uk – Please share it widely – Future of our children is at stake and we need to get the silent dog, barking again.