HuffPo- Southern New Hampshire University has fired a professor for a glaring mistake, the school has confirmed to HuffPost.
The educator, whose name has been kept private, almost gave a student a failing grade on an assignment because she refused to believe that Australia is a country, despite the student’s insistence that it is, BuzzFeed reports.
Arnold said her assignment was to compare a social norm between the United States and another country. She chose Australia, and was “shocked” when she received a failing grade because her professor believed “Australia is a continent; not a country.”
“I want you to understand that any error in a project can invalidate the entire research project,” the professor told Arnold in her email. “Research is like dominoes, if you accidentally knock over one piece the entire set will also fall.”
Arnold eventually received a grade of B+ on her project, but had also filed a report with the university about the issue, resulting in the professor’s termination.
What a dumbass professor, huh? The first thing you learn in geography is that Australia is both a country AND a continent. It’s the only one of its kind! A hybrid country-continent. A cont-try. Let’s just call it a cont for short, I think they’d like that.
I can understand the mistake. People have gaps in their knowledge. Someone once told me that girls pee and poop out of the same hole. I didn’t question that knowledge for 10 years because I’d never seen a woman do either. I just assumed that I’d met the authority on how girls go to the bathroom, and that he must be right. Why would someone lie about that? Now that I’m thinking about it, I still don’t have proof that this isn’t true. I can totally see it both ways. It’s a coin toss.
I’ll say this: I would pay an entire college tuition again to have the experience this girl had. It’s so rare in life to find yourself in an argument with an authority figure who, in the process of flexing their authority all over you, is completely wrong and you know it. What a delicious experience to go through. You can play dumb to the professor while you’re drafting your email to the school board. “Oh, is it not a country? Oh man, what a silly mistake. I’m really bad at countries. Please don’t fail me.”