The recent letters by A Bourne, I Brougham, B Johnson (The Weekend Sun, September 22 and 29, October 6) condemning the proposed teaching of te reo, and the reasons given, need to be challenged. A Bourne in particular uses terminology designed to inflame passions and prejudice. The assertion that only Maori and trendy lefty Europeans view te reo as a treasure is patently false. All languages are a treasure. “The use of valuable lesson spaces, needed to equip our young to manage in the real world". Hello, Mr Bourne, the interaction between Maori and non-Maori is an important part of ‘the real world' and becoming more relevant by the day. Forcing people to learn a language “smacks of fascism," what rubbish, all education of the young is arguably forced. It makes as much sense to learn te reo as it does any other language that may go unused. The learning creates understanding, understanding creates respect, respect creates peace. Isn't that what we all want?
M Bell, Omanawa.
Correspondence on this subject is now closed.