A instructor says he has been known as “everything from a free-speech martyr to a misogynist” following his sacking from Eton College for posting a video that claimed patriarchy was rooted in biology.
The faculty stated Will Knowland was not fired on the grounds of free speech however as a matter of “internal discipline” after he refused to take the video down regardless of being requested to half a dozen instances.
The video lecture posted on Youtube – known as “The Patriarchy Paradox” – additionally taught ladies wouldn’t be capable of survive with out males and criticised feminist pondering.
Writing in The Spectator, English instructor Mr Knowland claimed his video was meant to be “half of a debate on the new gender orthodoxies at the College, which never saw the light of day”.
In a chunk titled Why I used to be sacked from Eton, he stated “the boys” who first got here to his defence “correctly pinpointed free speech the principle at stake”. “Otherwise why was it so essential the video should come down?” he requested.
Eton has insisted Mr Knowland’s sacking was “not a matter of freedom of speech”, and the varsity’s headmaster has instructed mother and father he wouldn’t apologise for dismissing the instructor.
Lawyers instructed The Times the 580-year-old non-public faculty made the precise resolution, as permitting Mr Knowland to proceed after expressing “views that society found unacceptable” might have left it open to an investigation from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Writing in The Spectator, Mr Knowland stated neither the College’s preliminary authorized recommendation nor his dismissal letter made claims he had breached the Equality Act. “It was not new legislation I’d transgressed, just a new religion with an old-time zeal to suppress dissent and punish heresy,” he stated.
The instructor additionally stated he’ll miss the “ironic riposte from one of the boys” following his dismissal.
“‘Cheer up,’ I told one who looked un-enthused by Milton in my first week at the school, nine years ago,” Mr Knowland wrote. “‘Two hundred years ago, you’d have been down a mine!’
“‘Sir,’ he replied deadpan, ‘we’d have owned the mines.’ The class erupted in self-deprecating laughter.”
Eton College stated in an announcement: “Mr Knowland’s dismissal was not a matter of freedom of speech, but was the outcome of a disciplinary hearing related to his repeated refusal to observe a reasonable request to temporarily remove his video lecture while Eton considered advice that its contents could well breach a number of the school’s policies as well as the school’s legal and regulatory responsibilities.”
The assertion added: “Eton believes passionately in free speech. However, as in any school, there are limits to the freedoms that teachers have and there are professional obligations that must be respected.”