Student Receives a Zero on Four Straight Assignments. The Reason Has Some Christians Up in Arms
It’s almost unheard of for someone to receive a “zero” grade on four different assignments in a three-week period, especially if they were all completed and submitted on time.
That’s what happened to a 16-year-old, dual-enrolled student at Polk State Collegein Lakeland, Florida. The unnamed student was given the grades in an Introduction to Humanities course taught by Professor Lance J. Russum. Each assignment focused on the same topic: the denigration of Christianity and religion in general.
Dr. Mike Adams, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington told Campus Reform:
“In this age of grade inflation it is difficult to earn a grade of zero much less four consecutive zeros. Professors who do so are likely to be sending a message.
A cursory examination of this professor’s test questions leaves little doubt about what that message is. The school would be foolish to ignore reasonable requests for an independent investigation. Otherwise they may be on the receiving end of another kind of message in the form of a civil complaint.”
Here’s a look at one of the assignments, for which the student received a zero:
After reading the three articles answer the following questions in 4 paragraphs (20 sentences minimum)
1) What is something Lady Julian is saying/doing that women should not be saying/doing at that time under the Christian mythos?
2) From the article on the Nuns what makes their defiance of male dominance so important?
3) Why did Christianity, and its male gods, want to silence these women?
Under the assignments, the teacher issued a warning, which reads in part:
I DO NOT want you to write about how wonderful you think Christianity is now because women can do A, B, or C. History is history and facts are facts and your opinion on if it is better now or not is irrelevant for this discussion…If you really feel the need to express your opinion on how you think Christianity is now for women you may email me, you may call my office or I would love for you to stop by for a nice cup of hot tea where we can talk about it but it does not belong in this assignment.
Based upon the resources that I have studied, I must confirm that I cannot arrive at the answer to this question. This is because no information provided by the textbook or the articles gives any objectively presented information that can help one find an answer or an informed opinion.
Specifically, there is no fact based solution to this question. The question is trying to cause the student to take a Marxist, secular humanist, feminist opinion that Christianity […] is a myth and that it is oppressive of women…
Liberty Counsel, the nonprofit legal group representing the student, claims that Russum demonstrates anti-Christian biases, which he tries to push through his class.