A New York University professor was dismissed by the school after dozens of students signed a petition against him, claiming the curriculum was too difficult.

Maitland Jones, a well-known name in the field of organic chemistry was fired from New York University after a group of students signed a petition against him. A group of 82 students complained that they have been scoring poorly in his course because Mr. Jones’ teaching methods were too hard.

According to a New York Times report, the petition read:

“We are very concerned about our scores, and find that they are not an accurate reflection of the time and effort put into this class.” It further read, “We urge you to realize that a class with such a high percentage of withdrawals and low grades has failed to make students’ learning and well-being a priority and reflects poorly on the chemistry department as well as the institution as a whole.”

The petition also said that Jones reduced the number of midterm exams from three to two, he did not offer extra credit, no Zoom access to lectures for students with Covid-19 and he taught with a condescending and demanding tone.

NYT  tried to pacify upset students. Jones was told in an email that the department would extend a gentle but firm hand to the students and those who pay the tuition bills.

Jones’ department is also not happy with the news and is protesting it. In fact, Writer and NYU professor, Elizabeth Spiers shared her thoughts on Twitter:

“One of many problems with insanely expensive private education is that institutions have an incentive to treat the student as customer and not student who needs to learn certain things.”

Jones claims that his problems with students arose a decade ago when he moved from Princeton to NYU in 2007. He noticed that the students at NYU simply did not focus as hard as the better students at Princeton University, where he first taught in the Ivy League.

However, the problem became worse during the global pandemic as his classes turned virtual. Students were lost and did not know how to study for their tests. In 2020, about 30 students from a total of 475 signed a petition asking that they get more help in their chemistry class.

“They were really struggling,” Professor Jones said. “They didn’t have good internet coverage at home. All sorts of things.”

Fast forward to 2022, Jones said the students weren’t putting in enough effort—and had become disengaged, anxious and indolent as a result of the pandemic.

“They weren’t coming to class, that’s for sure,” said Jones. “They weren’t watching the videos, and they weren’t able to answer the questions.”

After the course’s second midterm averaged a score of just 30, students created the petition to get Professor Jones fired from NYU. Their efforts succeeded, and now the elderly professor has been forced into early retirement.

“I don’t want my job back,” the former professor said. “I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Watch the video report below:

Sources: AWM, New York Times

One Response

  1. Ron Hopkins

    In the place of this course they now have a new course. The course is how to whine like a bi*ch. all the students are now happy. The course comes with your own safe space, crayons, marshmellows and free diapers. The students are doing well.


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