A piece in today’s Times. Feminism has been at the heart of the Establishment for decades, this is just the latest proof of its power, exercised through a “woke” headmaster, Simon Henderson, who saw fit to invite the woeful Laura Bates – the feminist serial liar – to lecture the hapless boys on the gender pay gap, masculinity etc.:
The decision to sack an Eton College tutor embroiled in a free speech row has been upheld on appeal.
The governing body of the £42,500-a-year school has backed the dismissal of Will Knowland over an online lecture he gave on radical feminism.
The school said that the English teacher refused up to six times to remove the talk from YouTube. It touched on subjects such as “toxic masculinity”. Mr Knowland had prepared The Patriarchy Paradox for the college’s Perspectives Classes, which encourage older students to consider differing viewpoints. He was refused permission to screen it after concerns about its content were raised. It was later revealed to include incorrect rape statistics.
His dismissal was backed by the Berkshire school’s governors in an appeal hearing, despite opposition from some present and former students.
Simon Henderson, the headmaster, called Mr Knowland’s sacking “regrettable” in a letter to parents and staff, according to reports. But he rejected claims that the school’s values had changed. “It has been suggested by some that intellectual freedom is somehow being compromised within Eton. It is not. This is such a rewarding place to work precisely because there is such plurality of thought among boys and staff,” he wrote.
A group of young Old Etonians said last night that they were pleased. “The school has recently undergone massive shifts in a positive direction and it’s great to see this will continue,” the group said.
Others were critical of the decision. The Free Speech Union told Mail Online: “This is a betrayal of the school’s 580-year history of encouraging its pupils to think critically and independently about difficult questions.”
Others say it is another battle in the war over the college’s values under Mr Henderson. A petition calling for Mr Knowland to be reinstated has been signed by more than 2,700 supporters. An appeal to help with his legal fees has raised more than £60,000. Mr Knowland said: “My wife and I will be made homeless, with our five children. I am raising money to challenge my dismissal in the employment tribunal if necessary.”
The row is also thought to have been the catalyst for Luke Martin, a theology teacher, quitting his role as head of perspectives classes in a show of support last week.
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