No-zero policy nets failing grade for students: McAllister

EDMONTON, AB (September 14, 2012): Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister released the following statement after the dismissal of Edmonton physics teacher Lynden Dorval at Ross Sheppard High School for refusing to administer the controversial no-zero policy. 

“I am troubled to hear of the firing of Edmonton teacher Lynden Dorval after thirty-five years of teaching and helping students reach higher levels of achievement here in Edmonton.  We all owe Mr. Dorval thanks for his lifelong commitment and career of hard work, achievement and helping students reach their goals. 

“When it comes to educating our children, the government needs to listen to the real child care experts – teachers, parents and families.  The Wildrose has heard from parents across the province who are deeply concerned about the no-zero policy.  They understand that kids need to know there are consequences to their actions if they are to succeed both in school and in life. 

“The out of touch PC government and their Education Minister Jeff Johnson have failed to stand up for Alberta families and listen to their concerns.  In the fall, myself and my Wildrose colleagues hope to work with the Minister to put a new provision in the new Education Act to affirm that assessment and evaluation is up to teachers and ensure that we are putting Alberta children and families first.” 

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