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Sorry this response is late
Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:53am (XFF: unknown)

I guess I should have awoken when you ordered people to wake up. ;)

Anyway, my son used ratemyteachers (and also teacherreviews.com before they got sued and started charging a dollar or something to use their site) in undergraduate school and what he found is that the lower rated professors were often the ones he found to be the better teachers. To each their own, I guess. In graduate school, he has picked courses based on the professor's reputation with other graduate students (or his knowing them already, as he knew a few professors before he even started as a student in grad school) and/or the topic area pertaining to something he suspects will be useful to him in his research. My guess is not too many graduate students use online ratings for professors to pick classes.

  • Has anyone here used ratemyteachers?Hanna, Tue Sep 18 3:50pm
    We check it often. It's pretty accurate, actually. I feel bad for the teachers, as some of the comments are more hurtful than useful, but I think it may keep them on their toes.
    • I wouldn't believe anything on it.OhioMomof2, Sun Oct 28 6:10pm
      I think ratemyteachers is basically a bully pulpit for students and/or parents who have a personal grievance with a teacher or administrator. I wouldn't believe anything on it, as it allows students... more
      • BullyingHanna, Sun Oct 28 7:34pm
        It's interesting that you see it from that perspective. I feel that so often it is the children who are bullied by the teachers. Afterall, if a kid has a grievance with a teacher- who will listen?... more
        • Re: BullyingOhioMomof2, Mon Oct 29 1:19pm
          You made some good points about bullying, which I abhore in any form, but I think posting negative comments anonymously on ratemyteacher is also a form of bullying. I have had my experience of being... more
          • Re: BullyingHanna, Mon Oct 29 4:29pm
            Your experience when younger was certainly a wonderful life lesson. There are other ways for teachers to bully that perhaps would be more difficult to counteract with a record of grades. For example, ... more
            • Re: BullyingOhioMomof2, Tue Oct 30 2:13am
              Again, document, document, document! I had a teacher my sophomore year who was fair with grading, but had an attitude against women, minorities, immigrants, and anything he deemed "unAmerican." He... more
              • Does it still work in the workplace?? Gabrielle, Sat Nov 3 2:21pm
                Ah, the joy it would be if it could be the same in the workplace... *sigh* The positive thing is obviously that, being an adult, I am more mature and better know what my options are. the sad thing is ... more
    • Sorry this response is late — GG, Fri Oct 26 12:53am
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