Headteacher warns Britain raising “righteous generation” of culture cancelling kids

A London headteacher has said he is concerned the nation is raising a “righteous generation” of young people fuelled by a “culture of outrage” and intent on channelling it towards getting teachers sacked.

Nicholas Hewlett, master of top independent school St Dunstan’s College, told the Sunday Times impressionable students were looking to “trip up” teachers by keeping track of every single remotely politically incorrect remark or signal they make.

His frank comments are a stark reminder of the barrage of Stalinist sensibilities facing teachers that are completely unrelated to the principal job of educating children so that they can go on to live happy, productive lives.

New stories constantly emerge of a school making a wrong turn inspired by cancel culture or of rebellious pupils receiving praise for defying education in favour of pointless pandering to woke ideals. Often it is both.

The Times article points to top private school Millfield choosing to recruit 50 teachers exclusively from Kenya and India, representing a third of the total teaching staff. 

In December, Eton College sacked a teacher for posting a video that asserted female and male attributes manifest in different outcomes even though he was asked to prepare a course that challenged ideas, in this case, woke ideology. 

Such incidents are not isolated to the private sector. A religious studies teacher was infamously suspended for showing images of the prophet Muhammad at a school in Batley in March. Despite taking precautions not to offend Muslim pupils he was dobbed in and the school was soon faced with angry protesters outside the school gates.

The suspension has since been lifted, but the teacher is still in hiding, fearing for his and his family’s life. The trust that runs Batley Grammar later banned all images of the Prophet anywhere in the school.

In April, a school in Pimlico, London caved in to pressure from pupils to tear down the Union Flag. Entitled students staged a walkout and graffiti appeared on the walls around the school. One vandal scrawled: “Aint no black in the Union Jack” with another accusing the institution of being “run by racists… for profit”.

It later transpired that the school was a hotbed of radical left-wing activism among the teachers. The headmaster succumbed to calls for the flag to be taken down after facing resistance from all sides for trying to improve standards in dress and appearance.

Hewlett said: “A righteous generation of children looking for their teachers to trip up, [a generation] who are looking for the micro-aggressions.”

The term micro-aggressions is a notorious part of the woke vocabulary and defined as the slightest gesture or comment that could be interpreted as offensive. Hewlett, who earlier this year grabbed headlines for coming out as gay in school assembly, warned that pupils keep track of micro-aggressions over time.

He added: “We cannot have in schools everyone walking on eggshells terrified of using the wrong word… What I am seeing starting to emerge as part of the huge national backlash against wokeness… is young people entrenched in a culture of outrage.

“We have young people coming through the system who, because of hateful rhetoric, have decided they are going to dig into their positions of outrage.”

He recognises the threat posed by woke intolerance, but when so many children are so easily indoctrinated by conventional and social media, and many of the teachers themselves are helping to sustain this culture that could lead to themsleves becoming unemployed, what hope is there of a refocus on actual teaching.