Parents wage a war of words over the Eton Headmaster's culture change as critics are labeled "old white men".
- English teacher Will Knowland was fired for controversial lectures and sparked a series
- Headmaster Simon Henderson has denied that he wanted to end the debate.
- The students support Simon almost unanimously, says the mother of one student
A war of words has broken out among Eton's parents over Headmaster Simon Henderson and his efforts to change the school's culture for £ 42,500 a year.
When he fired the well-known English teacher Will Knowland for giving an online lecture in which he questioned "the current radical feminist orthodoxy," Henderson was accused of implementing a progressive "woke" agenda and suppressing free speech.
But a mother reached out to The Mail on Sunday to insist that Henderson is supported by most of the boys, arguing that the recent public criticism has come from old Etonians rather than current students.
"Most of the people who complain are old white men," she said. “The students who are actually there support Simon almost unanimously.
Eton headmaster Simon Henderson (pictured) was accused of implementing a progressive “woke” agenda and suppressing free speech after the dismissal of English teacher Will Knowland
"I don't think he's trying to screw with tradition, but it will be a problem for Eton if it doesn't get more progressive than it has been in the past."
"The episode with Will Knowland is complicated, but this series seems to have evolved into something of a referendum on Simon's head."
"If I called my old school and said," It's time to get my head around, "absolutely nobody would care. Why are the old Etonians different?"
However, another mother attacked reports that the head is supported by a silent majority of parents, describing them as far from the mark.
Students who signed a petition with 2,600 names calling for Knowland to be reinstated had done so voluntarily, "she added.
The lecture was never given in Eton, but a video of the Patriarchy Paradox was uploaded to Mr. Knowland's own YouTube page. Mr Knowland (pictured) was fired after refusing to dismantle it
"I'm sick of the boys being used as farmers in this school-run public relations game," she said. “The headmaster knows how to divide to conquer and that seems to be his strategy.
“The boys were not manipulated into signing the petition. The undersigned agree on their condemnation when they released one of the majority. . . respected beaks (teachers). "
And she is concerned about the impact of Mr. Henderson's progressive views on her sons.
She said, “I am concerned that boys at Eton are no longer just validating boys.
"Already in their first year they are exposed to an identity program that includes participation in half-day workshops run by an organization whose mission values are" gender transformative "and" based on the experiences, voices and science of women ".
“As far as I know, only one employee took part in the workshops. They are kept private. As a mother, I am extremely concerned. "
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