Originally Posted by Sgoinneil
Its amazing how defensive some people can become for 19th century Anglophone legislation. the results were a dislocation between generations and a choice between poverty and giving up a language to avoid ridicule and punishment. No local communities had a say in this.
Yes , your defensiveness is amazing , almost as amazing as your dishonesty .
The 1872 education Act made no mention of Gaelic at all .
It's only concern was universal compulsory education .
Nothing stopped Gaelic speaking parents teaching their children the language except the parents themselves .
The same applied to many communities around the world , including this one here that I was born to and still live in .
Many of the old folk here acknowledge that they made the wrong choice when they decided to withhold Te Reo Maori from their children .
Sad but true .