Really? I went to primary school in the early 90s, and it was mandatory for us to learn how to use FPs in year 3. I remember one pupil brought in a Parker (you know, the kind that hangs off the racks in WH Smiths) and was considered quite posh.
Different countries Denmark at the time was redder than red, and the area I lived in was off the scale even for Denmark. At the local council (commune - really!) the Socialist People's Party was the right-wing opposition. Really. Not funny.
Progressive is the word I think they used for the educational approach. No fountain pens. We were lucky to have pens and not just sit in circles singing songs.
And people wonder why I am strange