The Carmarthen Journal followed up its recent report on proposals to turn Ysgol y Ddwylan in Newcastle Emlyn into a Category A Welsh medium school with a second article last week under the headline "Parents stunned by school's Welsh only classes".
In the piece which follows, most of the report is taken up by comments made by a handful of the town's councillors, one of whom happens to be a parent with children at the school. Two councillors suggested that the wisest thing would be to wait for the consultation to begin, while a third argued that,
I think they [the school] will fail a lot of children in the local area.
If we accept that argument, existing category A schools in the area - the overwhelming majority of schools here - must all be failing children. Clearly that is nonsense.
One parent who also happens to be a member of the Town Council does not add up to "stunned parents", does it?
It seems that any formal consultation could be some way off, so the Journal may struggle to sustain this level of shrill scaremongering.
Meanwhile, it would not be too difficult for the Journal to find parents who welcome proposals which will give more children an opportunity to grow up with skills and advantages most of their parents do not possess.
Thought for the Day: It is the children who are being denied a bilingual education who are being failed.