Should Students Be Allowed to Grade Their Professors?
Many universities or institutions have allowed the students to rate their teachers. It has become an issue worldwide. Some people say not allowing students to rate their teachers is a “biased adult opinion”. Most people, however, argue students should not be allowed to fill out evaluation forms. Although ratings by students can improve teachers in many ways, students should not be grading the professors since students don’t know about teaching. Their ratings might reflect personal opinions of whether they liked the teacher or not instead of focusing on how well the teacher taught, and students do not look back at their efforts they spent in the class.
Sites have been created where students can express their opinions about their professors. The website named www.ratemyprofessor.com is one of these sites that allow students to give ratings and comments about their professors. The web site provides a scale from one to five where one is the poorest and five is outstanding. Students, then rank their teachers based on the categories of easiness, helpfulness, clarity, and rater interest. Students can also leave comments about how they feel about the professor or the class. The advantage of the website is that future students are allowed to see other students’ opinions about the classes and professors before they select the classes. The website, however, isn’t really trustful since most of the comments from students are subjective. In addition, some students leave immature comments such as “strange lady”, which really doesn’t help to evaluate a professor. Overall, the web site is informal and inappropriate.
Students are learners, not teachers. Students are people who attend school to learn from teachers. Most of them are under the age of twenty with a lack of experience in teaching. As a result, students cannot determine how teachers teach and how well they are. They cannot rate their teachers based on the way they...