Rate Your Studentship, Part 1

What About Rate My Students?

I’m kidding, but of course I’m talking about RateMyProfessor.com, the site which allows users to “rate” their professors based upon certain criteria (unfortunately, ‘hotness’ is one of them).  Students across this nation can log in to the site, rate previous professors, and hopefully leave an intelligible and thoughtful critique of their professor(s). Sometimes, the latter rarely happens.

When a student logs into the site, they can search for possible professors for an upcoming term and then find the professor’s last name.  The professor is rated on a scale of 0 to 5, and as I said above, ‘hotness’ is a criteria.  Three of the criteria – Overall Quality, Teacher Clarity, and Helpfulness – are reasonable measure for a professor’s ability to teach.  The others – Easiness and Hotness – are disgustingly irrelevant to any serious student.

So, I’ll come out and say it.  Students (myself included), should place less emphasis on sites like RateMyProfessor.com, not because the site fails to provide useful information, but because the site promotes an unaccountable attitude to a student’s responsibility for their higher education and emphasizes grade point average over student effort.

Granted, some responses and critiques to professor performance by former students were evidently thought out.  However, I hope the less credible qualities –‘hotness’ (what is hat?) and ‘easiness,’ don’t distract students from the real point of a college education.

First, if I go to a professor and look in the easiness category, I’m missing the entire point.
I’m not approaching higher education with an attitude of learning, but an attitude of coasting.  If my thought becomes, “I need an easy professor, for an easy A, in order to get such-and-such grade point average,” I shouldn’t be in college.  The point isn’t to get by any more as adults and college students, a lesson I unfortunately took twelve long years to learn.  The point is to excel.

In later posts, I’ll try explain further why sites like this distract students from the real point of college education. For further reading, check out the site.

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