Lynden Dorval, a teacher who formally worked at the Ross Sheppard High School, was fired by the Edmonton School Board Superintendent because he ignored a directive from his Principal, Rob Bradley, who had instigated a policy of not assigning an incomplete if an assignment isn’t completed.
According to RateMyTeacher (ca.RateMyTeacher.com) Lynden Dorval rates as Overall 3/5, Overall Quality 3/5, Easiness 3/5, Helpfulness 2/5, Clarity 3/5. The comments range from positive to negative as with most teachers but there are several sleep references where students appear to find Mr Dorval‘s lessons perfect for sleeping.
The general concenscious is that Mr Dorval is boring, mumbles, knows his stuff but is not an exciting teacher, ala John Keating from Dead Poets Society. If students are willing to try and learn, they will do well but the student wants to be hand fed the answers, they are less likely to succeed.
Parents never want to see their child fail, they only want the best for them but if a child never attempts something and fails, how will they be prepared for adult life when something fails? If an office worker fails to finish, or even start, an assignment from their boss, they don’t get let off, they are in trouble, so why should it be different for children who fail to complete or even attempt a school assignment? School is supposed to provide children with the knowledge and understanding to prepare them for adulthood, not give the impression that a poor result can be overcome by asking for their mark to be raised, or having their parents storm the principals office.
Teachers are placed in a very precarious position, charged to do their job and educate the students as well as they can and yet are handcuffed by unrealistic restrictions imposed by those above them, be it Principals, Board Office or even Provincial Ministry of Education. A profession that is always under estimated and under appreciated, teachers have to find a balance between what they truly believe in, and what guidelines are imposed on them.
Lynden Dorval did what he believed to be right. While he may not be the most charismatic educator, he did what he could and yet, for failing to toe the line drawn in the sand by his administrator, he has lost his job.