Teacher who was fired for giving students zeros finds new home at ‘old-fashioned’ Edmonton private school
When Peter Mitchell, the headmaster of a small academic private school in Edmonton, scouted for a new physics teacher, he found the perfect candidate in the newspaper. Lynden Dorval made headlines when he was fired for refusing to comply with his public school’s “no-zero” policy. Mr. Mitchell saw a teacher with passion, standards, and 35 years experience.
At Mr. Mitchell’s Tempo School, no student would be surprised to receive a zero for failing to hand in an assignment.
“Tempo School is a self-consciously old-fashioned school. I’m 61 now. When I was in Grade 3 it was new math that came in and failed. When I went into post-secondary education, ‘whole language’ came in and students couldn’t write their way out of a wet paper bag,” he said. “There are a lot of trends in education.” (JASON FRANSON/Postmedia News files)