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8 Jul '14

News The Little Red Schoolbook - honest about sex and the need to challenge authority | Joanna Moorhead

A book for teenagers that was censored after an 'obscenity' trial in the 1970s is now being republishedMore than four decades ago two educationalists wrote a book for teenagers that aimed to revolutionise their attitude to education, sex, drugs and alcohol. It was called The Little Red Schoolbook, and its permissiveness and liberal stance caused outrage around the world: the then British education secretary, Margaret Thatcher, was said to have been very worried by it. The Pope denounced it as sacrilegious, and morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse successfully campaigned to have it prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act.Later this month the full, unexpurgated Little Red Schoolbook will be available in Britain for the first time. And Soren Hansen, the teacher who wrote it (his co-author Jesper Jensen is now dead) says that, although the authoritarianism of the education system he was denouncing in the book is gone, he fears even more for children today under the competitive, dog-eat-dog culture that has taken its place. Continue reading...

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