Thursday, April 12, 2012
No Horrible Histories in schools, author pleads
Terry Deary said he shudders to think of his books, which include Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians, being used in lessons and that he would like to be able to sue schools for doing so.
The author, whose books have sold more than 25 million copies and spawned a television series and an award-winning play, said he would rather children picked them up on their own rather than being handed them by teachers.
He told the London Evening Standard: "I shudder when I hear my books are used in those pits of misery and ignorance.
"People come up to me quite independently to say thanks for writing the books. They say, 'My children had never read books until they came across yours'."
Mr Deary also claimed Ofsted school inspectors who criticise literacy standards are "failed teachers" and "the most ignorant people you could ever meet".