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Hi Ken, I believe I read somewhere that you taught at Ross Sheppard. Just out of curiousity--
when?

2012-09-12
bailey Green
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Bailey, I have never taught in Alberta. I taught at 4 schools in Toronto and 2 in Melbourne,
Australia.

 

bailey Green's
Comment

2012-09-14

This letter supposedly from you was on the Edmonton Journal blog June 1, 2012

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2012/06/01/educators-speak-out-the-case-for-no-
zeros-policy/

Ken O’Connor, author “Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit.”
 
Mr. Staples,

I read with interest your articles about Lynden Dorval’s refusal to follow policy in the school
in which I taught in Edmonton. It is unfortunate that his career is ending this way but not
following policy has always been a reason for teachers to be fired – and I suspect if he was
not following other policies you would agree and not call him a hero….

It does sound as if you claim to have taught at Shep


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2012-09-14

That is not what I wrote and I would never have written that as I have taught only in Toronto and Melbourne.


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2012-09-14

What I wrote was "the school in which HE taught" referring to Lyndon Dorval.


bailey Green's
Comment

2012-09-14

Is it possible that this was a typo on your part?
Regardless, there has been much speculation about this in Edmonton.


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2012-09-14

Where and when has there been speculation? It is possible that it was my typo but I am
amazed that neither I nor anybody caught this or commented on it in June. I certainly
would never say that I had taught somewhere I didn't. Where I taught is indicated clearly in
my biography on this website.

Bailey or anyone else, if you hear or see any speculation about this please give them the
correct information and indicate that it was a typo.

To set the record completely straight here is my 'history" -
Feb 1967 - Aug 1969 Bonbeach High School, Melbourne, Australia
Sept 1969 - June 1970 Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, Toronto
Sept 1970 - June 1974 Castle Frank High School, Toronto
Feb 1975 - December 1975 Scotch College, Melbourne
Jan 1976 - June 1984 L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
Sept 1984 - June 1986 Maplewood High School, Scarborough,
Sept 1986 - March 1990 L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
March 1990 - June 1999 Program Dept, Scarborough Board of Education (Jan 1998 became
Toronto District School Board)
July 1999 - present Independent consultant.

Is this clear Bailey/

For full disclosure I should probably indicate that from November 1998 to December 1999
I was seconded half time to the Ontario Ministry of Education.


bailey Green's
Comment

2012-09-14

The speculation was casual and mostly during social encounters and events:
"Did you read the pro no zero response in Staple's blog?"
"Hey doesn't that guy say he taught at Shep?"
"Not during my time. Been here 38 years."

I've heard variations of this conversation many times. Yesterday I decided to discover the
origin of the rumor.

It will likely get cleared up the same way :-)

"No Zero" is still a hot topic here and likely to remain that way for a long time.


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2012-09-14

Thanks


Roger Curtis's
Comment

2012-11-05

Curious. It is as you have submitted. Anyways, I have sent this conversation to David Staples
to see what he has to say.


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2012-11-05

Thanks Roger. It will be interesting to see if he responds.

 

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