A former Eton teacher has come to the defense of an English teacher who was fired from college because of a controversial lecture on "gender roles".
The unidentifiable teacher today praised Will Knowland as "hardworking" and said his layoff comes amid a "long-term shift in the school towards this woke direction directed by (principal) Simon Henderson."
The teacher, who was leaving on amicable terms, told MailOnline that the school principal had set up an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee made up of a small minority (the school) most dedicated to woke thinking.
"They even discussed whether it is bad for boys to be exposed to Bible reading about the Virgin Mary if it suggests that women are valued only for their chastity."
In the meantime, the parents have spoken out in favor of the headmaster and criticized the attacks on him by former students.
Mr. Knowland has been fired for a speech intended for one of the school's & # 39; Perspectives & # 39; classes – given to senior students to reflect critically on issues of public debate.
He had planned to give it as an online lecture for boys called Patriarchy Paradox, but was refused permission to show it directly to students after concerns about its content, which included false statistics on rape, and suggested that Women wanted to be "overwhelmed" by the sheer power of masculinity.
A former Eton teacher has come to the defense of an English teacher who was fired from college because of a controversial lecture on "gender roles". The unidentifiable teacher today praised Will Knowland (above) as "hardworking" and said his layoff comes amid a "long-term shift in the school towards that woke direction directed by (headmaster) Simon Henderson & # 39;
The nameless teacher, who had left the school on amicable terms, told MailOnline that headmaster Simon Henderson (pictured) had set up a committee on equality, diversity and inclusion made up of a small minority (in the school) who most were committed to woke thinking & # 39;
Mr Knowland responded by posting the video on his personal YouTube website and was fired after repeatedly refusing to remove it.
The unidentified teacher said, “I am very upset at the way Will was treated. Mr. Knowland was a very hardworking, conscientious Schnabel who was considered a very good teacher.
& # 39; He was most adept with boys struggling academically. I never heard a bad word about him.
“I don't agree with everything in the lecture, but that's not the point. It also misrepresents some statistics. But I don't think that's a reason to fire someone. This was not someone promoting jihad or anti-Semitism.
Most employees felt reasonably certain that they would not be fired from under the previous head. That is not the case under Henderson. There is an atmosphere of nervousness and fear that someone will slip up and be gone. & # 39;
In the meantime, Eton's headmaster has denied he wanted to end the debate at school. In a letter to parents yesterday, he insisted that Eton's meaning of "independent thinking and spiritual freedom" was "non-negotiable".
Parents supported the headmaster, and one mother told The Telegraph, “We have been quite frustrated and want to do something to let the public know we stand behind him.
"We keep hearing from these old Etonians, but it's the parents whose children are affected by these decisions."
The unidentified teacher said, “I am very upset at the way Will was treated. Mr. Knowland was a very hardworking awareness beak who was considered a very good teacher. He was most adept with boys struggling academically. I never heard a bad word about him. & # 39; (Above, Eton College)
Another added: "He has been on the front lines in making Eton a kinder, more tolerant and inclusive school, which can only be good."
However, the unidentified teacher told MailOnline: “From a relatively early age (Simon Henderson) tried to steer the school in a different cultural and ideological direction.
He invited journalist Laura Bates – a radical feminist – to speak to the boys and staff about feminism.
“This was done under the auspices of education, which angered many people for not just sticking to the facts but dealing with ideas from radical feminist theory like patriarchy and toxic masculinity.
& # 39; So these concepts have been incorporated into management, speak of the school and are presented as fact.
Henderson then set up a committee on equality, diversity and inclusion.
Like & # 39; Trendy Hendy & # 39; overseeing a lively revolution in Eton
Simon Henderson took over his role as Headmaster of Eton College five years ago and has been called "Trendy Hendy" by the students.
He is said to have a habit of wearing chinos and open-necked shirts and overseeing what was considered a cultural change in the famous school.
Mr Henderson once suggested getting rid of Eton's traditional tailcoats and is known to be interested in modern management techniques.
In 2016, he announced plans to split Eton's assistant principal role in two, creating an assistant director for "academic" affairs and another for "pastoral" affairs.
He has also created a new role as "Inclusion Education Director" to oversee diversity in Eton, and has appointed a woman to be a lower master or assistant director for the first time.
A source told the Daily Telegraph that Mr Henderson is "strongly committed" to changing the perception of Eton as "an old-fashioned pillar of social and male elitism".
The school has indicated that the decision to fire Mr Knowland was made by a disciplinary committee that the school principal is not on.
& # 39; It consisted of a small minority (the school) who were most dedicated to woke thinking. The people who joined the committee did not have the majority support. & # 39;
“I know that many of the most capable women masters did not feel represented by these people.
“To give you an idea of how angry some of these people were, they even discussed whether it is bad for boys to be exposed to Bible reading about the Virgin Mary if it suggests that women are valued only for their chastity .
Remember, it is a Church of England school. Fortunately that was shot down. (The unidentified teacher believes this happened in 2017.)
He continued, “There is a long-term shift in the school towards this woke direction that Henderson has led.
“Conservative commentators are not wrong to say that this is the tip of an iceberg in an institutional, cultural change that has come from above without the consent of a majority of staff or parents.
& # 39; This comes from a minority in a leadership position.
Henderson is obviously on the left and said he wanted to drag school into the 21st century. But I don't think he's an ideologist himself; He just believes that is how society works, so everyone has to join in. & # 39;
Regarding the Perspectives series of lectures, he added, “It's called Perspectives and is for the lower sixth or year 12. It's been around for years, and it's a long-standing part of the Eton curriculum that all boys have to do.
“It's a series of presentations given by internal and external people, and employees can agree to give one presentation. The subject must be canceled by the head of the lecture series.
“You should articulate a partisan view on a subject of view – not neutral teaching in the classroom. This is made very clear to the guys at the beginning.
& # 39; It is then discussed and debated in seminars attended by teachers. So it seems clear that Will was making a point of view.
“If someone had given a talk on the same subject and voiced the opposite view, I don't think they would have been treated that way.
As a final point, he was told he could not use it as part of the lecture series. Will said, "OK, but I already put it on my YouTube." And then he was told he had to get it down from there too.
Talking about Mr. Henderson, the unidentified teacher added, “After several of these incidents, Henderson knew he was unpopular – and he was unpopular with his parents. It has been widely discussed that he could walk more than once.
& # 39; This wasn't just among conservative or long-serving staff. On average, I'd say Eton teachers are in the middle left.
“The school was always run collegially and he took a more dictatorial approach.
A petition from current students protesting Mr. Knowland's dismissal has attracted nearly 2,500 signatures – up from 1,000 on Tuesday
He had a reputation for being an ax fighter at his previous school, and he brought that approach to Eton.
These decisions had a very alienating effect on the common room and the Masters. Within a year or two of his arrival, employee morale was very low. & # 39;
It comes when the Old Etonians popped the "Woke Agenda" in the elite school on Thursday – with around 2,500 people signing a student petition calling for Will Knowland to be reinstated.
Mr Knowland has appealed the decision and a school disciplinary committee is considering his fate, although the decision is not expected to be announced for a few days.
Many students are calling for Mr. Knowland to be reinstated, including a boy who was sent home after writing to Mr. Henderson asking for the director to resign.
But other personalities, including the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who initially supported Mr. Knowland, have distanced themselves after they had been informed of the actual content of his lecture.
Video lesson on the death of & # 39; Chivalry and Honor & # 39; which fired the English teacher and sparked free speech
A video of an Eton College teacher lecture at the center of a freedom of speech series has been posted on YouTube.
English teacher Will Knowland wanted to give boys a questionable lecture quoting inaccurate statistics on rape, and quoted approvingly an article saying women want "to be overwhelmed by the sheer power of masculinity."
In the lecture titled "The Patriarchy Paradox" he claimed that the male role as "protector" benefits society as a whole – including women.
And he warned that "making men and women more alike so as to actually exaggerate their differences" – what he called the paradox of patriarchy.
He says that a world without men would be "terrible" for women and complains that chivalry and honor – which he called good masculine qualities – are suppressed by terms such as "toxic masculinity".
The virtual lecture, never shown to students at the £ 42,500 school in Berkshire, resulted in Mr Knowland being fired from his job.
Mr. Knowland's lecture The Patriarchal Paradox explores the conflict between the concepts of gender and gender.
He argues that the "similar design of men and women actually exaggerates their differences".
Will Knowland (above) wanted to give a questionable talk to boys citing incorrect statistics on rape, and citing approvingly an article saying women want "to be overwhelmed by the sheer power of manhood".
Mr. Knowland argues that the idea of patriarchy – a social system in which men hold primary power and dominate roles of political leadership – could equally be based on biology, rather than something socially built.
And he says some women might actually choose the traditional gender roles because it benefits them.
Mr. Knowland points out that male roles in the animal kingdom, including that of the lion, are primarily intended to provide protection.
As a result, men were traditionally the sex to wage wars – which points to the difference in the development of male and female bodies in adolescence.
It hints at a cage fight match with transgender fighter Fallon Fox, who broke the skull of female opponent Tamika Brent while the couple were fighting in the octagon.
He says, "If it's not fair to pit men and women in sport, then it is not fair to pit men against women on the battlefield."
He says men's lives are also more expendable because women are the ones who can give birth. However, he says that a world without men would be "terrible" for women.
(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) messages