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Rating Teachers?

I recently google searched my seventh grade English teacher. After reading DWDavisRSL 's post I thought about the teachers I had that really impacted me not only in my learning but in general. My seventh grade English teacher was Tom Miller, and while I have always had a love for reading and the English language, he was the first teacher who really pushed more of the language and discovering writing in me.

While searching for him I came across a website called ratemyteacher.com . This website is dedicated to rating your different teachers. I nosily looked up the reviews on not only Mr.Miller, but on my other English teachers from 8th and 9th grade.

The whole idea of the website seems like it could very easily become a double edged sword. On one hand students being able to voice how they feel about their classes and teachers could be helpful. However on the other hand, students who are angry about a bad grade or what have you could say some very mean things.

What do you think? Is a website that allows a student to rate their classes or teachers a good idea? Or a bad?


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MegL wrote on September 15, 2015, 3:01 PM

I have seen some comments about how school pupils have used that site and similar ones to bully teachers.

LeaPea2417 wrote on September 15, 2015, 3:45 PM

That is good there is a web site out there to rate the teachers. I would have never known this if you had not written about it here. Thanks for the information.

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JohnRoberts wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:00 PM

I don't think such a site can be wholly accurate because angry students and parents can diss teachers out of spite. Official teacher evaluations need to be made by the government to weed out poor teachers and sexual abusers protected by the unions which is the case here in California.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:19 PM

I think it is a good idea if it is properly moderated and libelous or unproven statements are removed by admin.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:26 PM

I checked out the site and it is very out of date for my school district. A lot of the teachers shown as being at my school haven't taught there or have been retired for years. I was not even on the list of teachers at my school. Maybe that's a good thing.

Kasman wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:55 PM

How about a site which allows teachers to rate their pupils? Sauce for the goose . . .

alexdg1 wrote on September 15, 2015, 9:09 PM

If students were only doing honest evaluations of their teachers/professors, I wouldn't have any issues with a site like this one. When I was in college, we often were asked to write an evaluation of the prof, the course, and the textbook. But...I went to college in the last years before the Internet. Kids and their relationships with their teachers may not have changed fundamentally, but technology has. Thus, I have mixed feelings about the issue.

Paulie wrote on September 16, 2015, 4:59 AM

Does this website include teachers in countries outside of the States? For kicks, I should go to the site and put my name in and see what ratings I got while I was teaching in Bangkok from 2008-2014.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:03 AM

Unfortunately, in the world of it making it easy for people to anonymously bully, I think the sites are not accurate.

lexiconlover wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:18 AM

Sometimes students don't know when to stop. Especially if they are angry about something the teacher did like a grade they don't think they deserved etc. This is when the website would cause more harm than good.

lexiconlover wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:19 AM

It could come in handy, I agree. It i sworth checking out.

lexiconlover wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:20 AM

The teacher that I looked up, how I came across the website- hasn't worked there since 2011, so yeah it was out of date there too. I saw a couple comments on a teacher from last year, but it seems the website has fallen by the wayside a little bit.