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Failing Professor Reveals What’s Wrong with Education Establishment

Written by Joe Scudder

The failing professor failed a student for calling Australia a country, but she failed in a greater way.

When the failing professor insisted Australia is a continent instead of a country she made a grievous mistake. But bad as it was, she went on to make a much greater error that showed a flaw in her character and, also, a character flaw in today’s education establishment. When the student, Ashley Arnold, got her grade and the reasoning behind it, she responded with argumentation and evidence, but the failing professor was too arrogant to listen. Arnold had to publicize what had happened. It went viral and the school removed the teacher.

This story is representative of many elites and how we have to use the internet to defeat their arrogance!

The Washington Examiner reports, “Professor fails student, says Australia isn’t a country.

When Arnold appealed to her professor to correct her grade (with links to back up her “claim”), the professor, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy, offered this haughty response, “I will gladly re-examine your week 2 milestone project report…Australia is a continent; it is not a country. That error made it nearly impossible for you to accurately complete your week 2 research outline correctly. As I mentioned above I will look over your week two paper once again and see if you earned more credits than I gave you.”

After some back and forth, the professor decided to give Arnold a B+. While she never apologized, she recognized her “misunderstanding about the difference between Australia as a country and a continent.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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