“Australia is not a country”: Professor replaced after failing student over nation’s status

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.”

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!”

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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Just be thankful she’s not a geography teacher. Lol

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But we aren’t a country anymore you only need to look at parliament and the current government to understand that we are not a country nor are we the lucky country anymore. We are just a land mass with leaders that are a law onto themselves and everyone else is just a piece of dirt.

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We are the only country that occupies/owns an entire continent.

The professor was just a victim of disbelief that such a small and young democracy could own so much.

No one tell her about the Australian Antarctic territory…

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Australia is not the continent, Australasia or Oceania is the continent. Australia is a country.

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Australasia is a geopolitical area encompassing several Asian countries as well as Australia. Oceania is the broader region including the continent of Australia and the submerged zealandia.

Also the Australian government says it’s the continent of Australia and it’s our continent and we’ll decide what it’s called.