Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free. But, apparently we are NOT a country. What?
That was what an American student was told, after her Professor failed her for an assignment where she was asked to compare a social norm in the US and another country.
Ashley Arnold is completing an online sociology degree with Southern New Hampshire University and her confrontation with her Professor has made international headlines.
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For the assignment, the 27-year-old from Idaho chose social media use as her “norm” and Australia as her country.
But when the stay-at-home mum got her grade back, she had been failed because, according to the teacher, “Australia is a continent; not a country.”
— PJ Hogan (@PJHogan6) February 9, 2018
Arnold told BuzzFeed she then exchanged a number of emails with her professor, where she was forced to explain Australia is in fact a country, providing links to the evidence.
“With her education levels, her expertise, who wouldn’t know Australia is a country?” asked Arnold. “If she’s hesitating or questioning that, why wouldn’t she just google that herself?”
The professor insisted on conducting her own “independent research” before coming back with a new grade: a B+. But never apologized for the error.
Arnold complained to the uni and eventually got an apology, was assigned another professor and would be refunded on her $1,000 class.
“To our friends in Australia, we know that you are a country & a continent,” SNHU posted on Twitter. “Best of luck in the Olympic games!”
We deeply regret the interaction between our professor & our student. We have apologized to Ashley, replaced the instructor, & are reimbursing her tuition for the course. To our friends in Australia, we know that you are a country & a continent, best of luck in the Olympic games!
— SNHU (@SNHU) February 9, 2018