ETON Faculty has defended its determination to sack a instructor over a “sexist” lecture video.
The firing of Will Knowland, who taught English on the prestigious £42,500-a-year faculty, has led to 1,000 youngsters signing a petition demanding he be reinstated.
Will Knowland was sacked by Eton Faculty over a ‘sexist’ lecture video which he refused to take down from his personal YouTube channelCredit score: YouTube
The row erupted after Knowland posted a lecture video on his private YouTube channel after faculty bosses refused to let him educate it in school.
In response to the Daily Mail, the lecture questioned “present radical feminist orthodoxy.”
But, amid accusations of censorship and assaults on freedom of speech, Eton provost Lord Waldegrave defended the all-boys faculty’s determination.
He stated: “Eton won’t ever cancel debate.
“Everybody accepts, together with the instructor involved, that such freedom can’t be absolute.”
The previous Tory cupboard minister, who served beneath each Margaret Thatcher and John Main, stated two legal professionals discovered that the lecture video in query broke equality legislation.
He additionally stated the barristers discovered the clip went in opposition to laws governing unbiased faculties.
“Eton has precisely the identical duties beneath the legislation as every other faculty”, he stated.
Whereas defending the college’s file on free speech, Waldegrave stated Mr Knowland refused to take the video offline SIX occasions.
The English instructor was dismissed for gross misconduct. His sacking is beneath attraction.
Lord Waldegrave stated Knowland was let go for this refusal to simply accept “inside self-discipline.”
The lecture titled ‘The Patriarchy Paradox’ discusses whether or not masculine virtues similar to power and braveness can assist girls, households and society.
In a letter to the college, Mr Knowland wrote: “The Head Grasp [Simon Henderson] felt that a few of the concepts put ahead in my lecture – such because the view that women and men differ psychologically and never all of these variations are socially constructed – have been too harmful for the boys to be uncovered to.
“I defined to the Head Grasp that I wasn’t endorsing all of the concepts in my lecture, however I wished the boys to be made conscious of a special viewpoint to the present radical feminist orthodoxy.”
Knowland taught for 9 years on the faculty whose former pupils embody Princes William and Harry together with present Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former PM David Cameron.
Lord Waldegrave has vowed that ‘Eton won’t ever cancel debate’Credit score: Rex Options
Knowlands taught English at Eton Faculty for 9 years. His sacking is being appealedCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty