College student, Ashley Arnold, received a failing grade after claiming Australia was a country.
Yes, you did read that correctly.
That’s right, a college professor failed a student after an assignment called for a comparison between America and any other country. Ashley Arnold picked Australia and received zero points because according to her teacher, Australia is a continent and not a country.
Wow, talk about needing a serious reeducation because while this professor is correct about Australia being a continent, it is in fact a country as well.
How does someone not know that? We’ve all heard of Sydney, Australia just as we’ve all heard of California, USA. It isn’t California, North America now is it?
The professor, who has a PhD in philosophy, according to her LinkedIn, had given Arnold zero points in multiple sections of the assignment because she believed that Australia wasn’t a real country.
Ashley emailed the professor and politely tried to explain that a mistake had been made.
I believe I got zero or partial credit because the instructor said, ‘Australia is a continent; not a country. However, I believe that Australia is a country. The research starter on the SNHU’s Shapiro library written by John Pearson (2013) states, that Australia is the ‘sixth-largest country in the world’ (n.p.). The full name of the country is the Commonwealth of Australia, meaning Australia is both a continent and a country. Therefore, these sections of the rubric should be amended.
The professor pushed back and STILL didn’t understand the error.
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.
WOW!!!! Talk about being ignorant.