Isn’t it wonderful that they’re so flush that they can start spending buckets of money on frivolities and casual whims for the school system? No shortage of teachers, the teachers all well-paid and satisfied, the schools all well-supplied, and such a surplus that the government can publish and send out a special little present to every school.
The Times Educational Supplement is reporting this morning that the Prime Minister is planning to send a King James Bible to every school in the country, complete with a foreword by Michael Gove, the Education Minister.
Mr Gove is quoted as saying that the King James Bible was the most important book written in the English language. “It‘s a thing of beauty, and it‘s also an incredibly important historical artefact. It has helped shape and define the English language and is one of the keystones of our shared culture. And it is a work that has had international significance.”
Man, I wish the American educational system was so well-funded that we could start dumping random books on school libraries like that.
Although…aren’t there plenty of other books of historical and literary significance that could benefit the schools a little more? I suspect that the Christian schoolchildren already have access to copies of the Bible, and the non-Christian ones aren’t going to be very interested.
Oh, hey, what am I saying? I’m sure the government has already provided all the schools with all the science books and history books and literature and art and other such wonderfully useful works, so I shouldn’t cavil at them generously adding one more text to the bounty, right?