Organic Chemistry Prof Fired for Being Tough on Students

An organic chemistry professor at New York University has been fired for being a tough grader.

Maitland Jones Jr., who has taught college students for decades, was booted from teaching after students petitioned his removal. The students complained that his class was too difficult.


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The New York Times reported that the petition stated the following: “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.”

The professor told the newspaper that he doesn’t want his job back, but he’s afraid of the precedent this might set for others.

The 84-year-old educator also told the Times that the real loss of focus by students began years ago, but the pandemic made matters worse.

He also reported that students weren’t showing up to his class, and those complaining weren’t putting in the work needed to succeed.

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National radio host Todd Starnes slammed the snowflake students on the “Todd Starnes Show” Thursday.

“This is the entitlement generation,” Starnes said. “I don’t want any surgeon cutting on my body who failed organic chemistry. I want the best of the best.”


Below is a rushed transcript from the Todd Starnes Show, which airs noon to 3 p.m. EST daily nationwide:

All right. I’ve got to share this item with you. And I will say this. I have been impressed two times with The New York Times. They’ve done a pretty good job covering a couple of stories that we’ve talked about and it’s kind of shocking.

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Professor Maitland Jones Jr. Been teaching for decades. He taught four decades at Princeton. He is a chemistry professor and he was a chemistry professor at New York University. So anyway, this professor, Professor Jones, is a tough cookie.

And here’s the reason why. He teaches organic chemistry. That is the class you take if you are going to become a doctor. So you really want this course to be very difficult so that you weed out the people who may not be good doctors or they may not be, they may not make the cut. So you want to be able to weed them out in this class, which is why it’s so incredibly difficult.

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So anyway, a bunch of the students got offended because they said the class was too hard and the professor was not nice. He was mean. He was a big meanie.

So The New York Times has a story at NYU, a hard course, student complaints, and a fired professor. Folks, you can’t make this stuff up. Professor Jones, an award-winning professor was fired because 82 of his 350 students signed a petition. And here’s why he was fired.

The university says his organic chemistry class was just too hard. The students apparently had forgotten how to study during the China virus lockdown. You can blame that on the Democrats.

So people were asking why? Why this professor and why was he so hard on the students? And the reality is that he was tough because he wants them to learn. He wants the best of the best to become the doctors.

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I love that somebody wrote a letter to the editor and they said, what were these kids doing? How do you forget to study during the China virus pandemic? Were they playing video games? Why weren’t they reading the textbook? Why weren’t they watching the videos? By the way, the guy paid $5,000 out of his own pocket to put his lectures on videos. Why did they show less initiative and resolve than actual prisoners in jail who obtained degrees while behind bars? That’s a great question.

Instead of weeding out the students who failed to make the grade, N.Y.U. invoked the increasingly popular American response. If the goal is too hard to reach, you move the goalpost.

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The article said those who fail organic chemistry might not be admitted to medical school. That’s good news. I love this. Right? Who is this? Who is the author of this book? Claudia. Claudia Reed from McMinnville, Oregon. She’s the writer of this letter to The New York Times.

She says, If I were hospitalized with a possibly fatal illness, would my doctor decide that finding a correct diagnosis was just too hard? I don’t know what it is. We thought you had the flu. But that’s as good as we could do, ma’am, I’m sorry.

This is America, ladies and gentlemen. This is the entitlement generation right here. I don’t know about you, but I want my doctor — I want my doctor to be the best of the best.


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