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Adjunct Prof: "Australia Is a Continent; It Is Not a Country"

Instructor gives F to student for calling Australia a country; university fires instructor.


Buzzfeed (David Mack) has the story, quoting the original e-mail from the instructor; students were asked to write a report comparing a social norm in the U.S. with that in another country, the student chose Australia, and the instructor responded:

I will gladly re-examine your week 2 milestone project report.

But before I do I want you to understand that any error in a project can invalidate the entire research project.

Research is like dominoes, if you accidentally knock over one piece the entire set will also fall.

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.

The New Hampshire Union-Leader (Shawne K. Wickham) has more; Southern New Hampshire University has the apology Tweet: