Scott McConnell was earning a 3.78 grade point average at Le Moyne College’s education school; he’d received an “excellent” evaluation for his student teaching at an elementary school. But he was kicked out of the master’s program for a “mismatch” between his “personal beliefs regarding teaching and learning and the Le Moyne College program goals.” Basically, he wrote a paper advocating corporal punishment as a strategy for classroom management. FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) reports:
The paper received an A- with his professor noting that his ideas were “interesting” and that she had shared the paper with the department chair, Cathy Leogrande. McConnell ultimately received an A as his final grade in the course.
Yet in January 2005, with no prior warning, Leogrande dismissed McConnell from Le Moyne. In the dismissal letter, Leogrande . . . wrote, “I have grave concerns regarding the mismatch between your personal beliefs regarding teaching and learning and the Le Moyne College program goals. Based on this data, I do not believe that you should continue in the Le Moyne [Master of Science for Teachers] Program.”