Remember When This New Hampshire Professor Lost Her Teaching Job After Insisting Australia is Not a Country?
Although this story is now five years old, I still think about it from time time.
In 2018, Ashley Arnold was a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom from Idaho completing her sociology degree online at SNHU.
Ashley was given the assignment to compare American social norms to that of another country, and she chose Australia. When she handed in her paper, she realized she received zero percent on part of the grading rubric, because according to her professor, "Australia is not a country". Yikes.
Australia is both a continent and a country, so that professor was just a wee bit confused. It happens! She is a human being, and we all make mistakes. However, if she had a shadow of a doubt, Google is a beautiful tool to help you not look like a fool (which she did, because the story went viral on Buzzfeed).
My favorite part of this ordeal is probably the tweet that SNHU sent out announcing that the professor had been replaced:
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!