Student: Prof Taught Wrong Course All Semester
Lauren Firmin says her grades suffered due to teacher's mistake
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2014 9:42 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A college professor was apparently teaching above her students' pay grade, and one former straight-A student is more than a little upset about it, KHOU reports. Lauren Firmin claims she struggled all semester in her introductory chemistry class at Texas' Lone Star College at University Park, and was left with an F grade as she neared the final exam. But then, one class suddenly made her semester-long struggle a lot clearer: Her teacher, Thao Shirley Nguyen, admitted to the class she'd been teaching the curriculum for a more advanced chemistry course the whole time, Firmin says.

"She told her mistake in class to all of the students," says Firmin. "She was teaching general chemistry, another course, all semester." To make up for students' poor performance, Nguyen said she'd boost the grades, turning Firmin's F into a B—but even that still ruined her 4.0 average, the student says. The executive director of college relations, however, says, "They were taught the right class," noting Nguyen "followed the syllabus and taught from the 1405 textbook." But an email Firmin received from the head of Lone Star's science department reads, "This was not intentional on Ms. Nguyen's part ... She was new to the introductory level." Nguyen's response? "No comment."

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Ezekiel 25:17
May 2, 2015 2:54 PM CDT
First of all in hindsight, we should have went ahead and honored all agreements with president Carter's nuclear engineering Iranian students. But when the hostage situation happened, and he bungled it, and Reagan came in and pretty much booted those guys out, we lost an opportunity to slow down Iran's nuclear ambitions from the inception. Those guys instead left the universities and went back to be the current engineers in Iran's successful nuclear ambitions. All we really had to do was give them a job somewhere. It could have been to own or manage a Hilton or own a KFC. I had one of the last professors before he was booted. He was bitter, contrite, obtuse, and plain arrogant. Well, like a usual professor except he had vengeance on his mind. I was the 10th person to walk into the registrar's office to drop PHYS 3005. The registrar told me the class was close to being cancelled anyway. The loser said, "I hate the USA, and I can't wait to finish this semester and go to Europe." Now before I dropped the class, we had to write a Fortran routine for one of the models we had discussed. He insisted we turn in the project on punch cards as that's how he graded it. You couldn't turn in via modem or print outs yet. I knew I was dropping the class and I decided to use the opportunity to get even with the scum. Lets just say it was anything except a working model like he wanted, it was a model with do loops, if thens, and f-yous. What is your country of origin? Persia ----> "WRONG, you are from Iran you freaking loser."
kantanuuv
Apr 29, 2015 12:46 PM CDT
As a junior in engineering I took a required calculus class. The German professor spoke very little English, and the English he did speak was so heavily accented that no one could understand him. I failed the first 2 exams (I had a 4.0 GPA to that point). Since virtually everyone was failing, he decided to bump everyone up 2 letter grades. I wound up with a C, learned absolutely nothing, fell behind in math, and my perfect GPA was ruined. I and several others complained to the department head, but they never even responded.
Arthur Vandelay
Apr 1, 2014 3:07 PM CDT
Cal State L.A. 1967 I took a beginners Spanish class. the professor had just arrived from another country and did not speak a word of English so he was not teaching beginning Spanish.....When I complained I was made to look like a racist. That's was their solution to the problem.