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Teachers See Red Over Blue Schoolbook

by | 24th, March 2006

‘AN Essex schoolboy has declared war on ‘progressive’ education in a pamphlet he believes will ‘fire the imagination of young people everywhere’. But his teachers are less enthusiastic, and he has upset some of them with his outspoken views.

Barry Richards, 16, is a pupil at the Wat Tyler comprehensive in Grays, and a leading member of the Essex Young Conservatives.

His book, The Little Blue Schoolbook, is a riposte to controversial Little Red Schoolbook, which was published in the UK earlier this year. But whereas the original enjoins pupils to organise strikes and demonstrations, Richards’ version extols the virtues of obedience, patriotism and polished shoes.

‘It is aimed at normal, decent young people who have no interest in pop music or demonstrations,’ he said, adding that he did not wish to be ‘brainwashed by left-wing teachers – or commissars, as they should be called’.

This is not the first time that Richards has been in the news. Two years ago he attracted headlines when his school abolished its school uniform. Richards responded by creating his own, complete with cap, blazer, tie, shorts and socks.

A series of letters to national newspapers created wider interest, and led to the launch of his ‘Stand Up for Standards’ campaign. He was particularly critical of teachers, accusing

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