Whiny University Students Get Prof Fired, Say Class Too Hard

Former NYU Professor Maitland Jones

It’s Organic Chemistry, folks! This fact must be emphasized to frame the issue at hand adequately. With this in mind, according to FOX News, “Maitland Jones Jr., a chemistry professor at New York University who also taught for four decades at Princeton, was fired in August after undergraduate students circulated a petition complaining that his course was too difficult.”

NYU Campus

FOX noted many of Jones’ students, many of whom are “aspiring doctors,” signed a petition last spring to get their professor fired. Jones, who literally wrote the (text) book on Organic Chemistry (many of them), provided his own perspective. 

“Jones, 84, told the New York Times that he started seeing a loss of focus among students about a decade ago, but the problem was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.They weren’t coming to class, that’s for sure because I can count the house. They weren’t watching the videos, and they weren’t able to answer the questions.’” 

In the petition, the New York Post reported, the students whined about “a class with such a high percentage of withdrawals and low grades has failed to make students’ learning and well-being a priority.” K-12 leftist indoctrination has apparently done its job well. Students may not know anything, but at least they feel good about it.

NYU Students in class

Teaching assistant Zacharia Benslimane came to Jones’ defense, saying the petition expressed student discontent with their test scores rather than “being treated unfairly.” 

Surprisingly, the Times arrived at a rational conclusion. They noted, “those who fail organic chemistry might not be admitted to medical school. That’s good news. If I were hospitalized with a possibly fatal illness, would my doctor decide that finding a correct diagnosis was just too hard?” 

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