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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Teaching evaluation

A retired professor wrote:

I don't know where the pernicious notion arose, that students were somehow qualified to "evaluate" degreed professors. The article implies the obvious, namely that "evaluations" are essentially a "feel-good" way for students to get back at professors who demanded from them a student performance at the real university level. That's what a professor is supposed to do anyway. "Evaluations" are a way of corrupting faculty into compromising academic standards for the sake of supposedly more favorable "evaluations". I can hear it now: "Just put up a cute Power Point presentation, and your high rating on the 'evaluations' is assured!"

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