Bringing it up to date
John was called to see the headmaster because of his views about war and his desire to resign from the Officer Training Corps. In recent years, the number of British schools with army cadet groups has increased and the government has encouraged the promotion of “military values” in schools. Young people are at the forefront of campaigns against this. You can find out more from the report The new tide of militarism on the Quakers in Britain website www.quaker.org.uk/militarism.
John was not the only teenager to oppose the war. Some were determined not only to speak out against the war but to make contact with others who shared their views...