US college student fails assignment due to professor's belief Australia is not a country

by votrungdungeric on February 13, 2018 - 3:21pm

An Australian professor teaching in Southern New Hampshire University fail her student Ashley Arnold for saying that Australia is a country. The instructor explain to her that “Australia is not a country, it a continent this error made it nearly impossible for you to accurately complete your week 2 research outline correctly”. In fact, Australia could be consider as a country and continent at the same time.  Ashley taking her final course to get her sociology degree so she really need this grade to graduate. She was shocked that the professor did not even check if it right or wrong. “if she’s hesitating or questioning that, why wouldn't she just Google that herself?” Ashley said. The professor did not even believe Ashley when she provide a library resource confirming that Australia is a country. After all, the professor allow to go and research by herself after Ashley sent her a link proofing that Australia is a country. Once the professor complete the research , Ashley receive a B plus for her project. However the professor did not apologize for her misunderstanding. The University have to apologize  and offer Ashley a refunded for $1000 that she spent for the course. This article is not reliable because it does not provide the author name and where they get the information from. : This is the same news but this website provide full author which is David Mack, a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York. Contact this reporter at He is Weekend Editor & Reporter, Producer, North America Bureau, Journalist/Producer. 

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I really liked your article for many reasons. First of all, it is very well written and it is also very clear. I find it interesting how a teacher in univerity did not even know this information. Even after being told that he was wrong, he did not apologise. I wonder if there is any rules for this kind of situation. I think that Ashley deserves a better grade because she proved that her teacher was wrong. :)

I really appreciated the quantity of informations that you provide in your article. I liked the fact that you told the whole story, which is very shoking. It's funny how sometimes people, even university teachers, can be so narrow-minded. I totally agree with you concerning the reliability. There are way too many missing informations, such as their sources and the author's name.

It's very surprising that a university teacher doesn't know that Australia is a country. Generally, most people think that Australia is a country. I'm happy because I learned something when I read your article : Australia can be a continent AND a country. I've never heard that, before today. I hope that the teacher will never do this mistake again because I'm sure that it was a very stressful experience for the student. However, Ashley Arnold received a amount of money so maybe she doesn't regret what happened. I found your subject very interesting !

I really liked your brief firstly because the main topic of the real article is well set out at the beginning. You also provide only the right information so it's easy to follow what happened and to understand the situation. Finally, the way that you emphasized the credibility of the source at the end is really great.