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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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Sep 2005 @ 2:12pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    Well I guess it would be in the professors' best interest to not piss anyone off because people DO use these sites and take them seriously.

    Let's not forget something important. Students are paying professors' salaries; so if they are not satisfied with what they have gotten out of a course, then the professors shouldn't get paid.

    A professor is not going to get overwhelmingly negative comments from people on sites like this if he is doing a good job. Of course there will always be jerks that simply are bitter or angry about something and talk trash, but the point of websites like these are to weed out the opinions of those who are ONLY upset because the teacher gave them a grade they feel they didn't deserve.

    There are far too many TA-type 20-something teachers at universities that do nothing more than:

    -greet the class
    -ask about the homework
    -do 1 or 2 examples of homework and new material
    -give a new assignment
    -dismiss the class

    THIS IS NOT TEACHING. A MONKEY COULD DO THIS. Teachers like this have no place speaking in a classroom setting. They should be criticized as much as possible until they no longer have a job. Students pay way too much to deal with this type of crap.

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