Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
One to watch...
In the eyes of many Canadians -- including those who sign paycheques -- this high school teacher is going from zero to hero.
Lynden Dorval has steadfastly refused to kowtow to the Edmonton school board's no-zero policy. In other words, in Dorval's classroom, doing zero work gets you zero points, unlike in other classrooms, where, defying several laws of physics, something DOES come from nothing.
The devisers of this alchemy defend their position by saying a zero mark does not reflect the student's understanding of the course material.
Dorval says he is just trying to prepare his students for the real world.
The principal of Dorval's school has gone so far as to recommend his dismissal over this standoff.
Apparently, this teacher would have been far better off if he hadn't tried to motivate his deadbeat students and instead did nothing. Zero. Just pass them along to the arms of waiting employers.
If the no-zero faction wins, you have to wonder what's next.
Will employers be expected to hand-deliver work to the homes of absent employees (along with, perhaps, a nice cup of coffee) because the fact they can't be bothered to get up in the morning does not necessarily reflect their ability to do their jobs?
Will NHL players be able to refuse their demotion to the minor leagues because the zero points they have recorded does not necessarily reflect their ability to score goals?
Not everyone has the ability to rise to the top. But it used to be, if you put in the effort, you could count on being rewarded.
Now, we don't even have to try?
-- David Connors
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 1, 2012 J2
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