Ok, We Get It: No One Likes Being Criticized Online

from the but,-it-still-won't-go-away dept

Earlier this month we wrote about how doctors were freaking out over public sites where patients would complain about the doctors or rate them. And, now, Wired News is running a similar article about how professors are freaking out about the RateMyProfessors site, which has been around for ages. What's odd, though, is that the article seems to assume that all professors hate the site. Obviously, almost no one likes to be criticized (especially publicly), but some professors I know don't seem to mind those sites too much. While not all of the feedback is constructive, certainly a lot of it is. And, no matter how much people hate being talked about online, it's not going to make these sites go away. So, people need to learn to either ignore them or try to take the constructive feedback for what it is.
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    Kathy Davies, 30 Sep 2005 @ 7:49am

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    OK...no. Students aren't paying professor's salaries. Most of a student's tuition, at a public college, is actually paid through taxes, etc. Especially in Georgia where most students are going to school on a Hope scholarship...they don't pay much of anything at all.

    College is not about making friends or students liking their professor. It's about expanding your mind. If you aren't offended in college, you aren't getting the full college experience.

    Students rarely know what's good for them. I speak from the experience of having BEEN a student and being married to a college professor. We have students in our home weekly. They complain about homework, they complain about 'hard' tests, they complain about absolutely everything.

    My husband is one of the 'toughest' professors in our college. He teaches Physics to potential engineers. They bitch and moan through the entire experience, but IF they actually make it to Georgia Tech, one of the top 5 engineering schools in the country, they come back and thank him because he was the only one who really prepared them for engineering school. I mean, seriously...do you want to drive across a bridge designed by a guy who 'liked' his professor, or who actually learned something?

    My hubands students routinely score higher than students all across the country on tests designed to measure what a student has learned, conceptially, not by memorizing. He is, arguably, one of the best teachers you could have. Yet the students are terrified of taking his classes. He teaches lower level Physical Science and astronomy, as well...not expecting as much of them as he does his engineers, and they avoid him as much as possible.

    His teaching methods are not lecture, they are hands on experience and experiment. He forces the students to think and to create their own knowledge and understanding. His methods have been shown over and over again to be the best methods out there in the science field. Students BEG to be lectured to like those monkey's you mention. Occasionally, he gives in, teaches by lecture a few days, gives the students a test and compares it to the tests they had taken up to that point. They ALWAYS score at least a letter grade lower after the lectures becuase they haven't learned the concepts necessary to understand what the hell they're doing. So he goes back to his usual method. Again, if they do the assigned work, ask questions when they don't understand, and actually show up for class every day, they end up with a great experience. He's actually had more than one humanities major switch to science because they finally understand it.

    And yet, on RateMyProfessor he gets low scores and complaints. The same complaints he gets all day in school. The same complaints he knows are from students who have been spoon fed their whole educated lives and don't have a clue how to study, how to learn, or what college is about. By the time they leave him, they do.

    What would really piss people off is a RateYourStudent website.

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