JOYCE DAVID–Social Media Editor
It’s the beginning of another school year where college students are getting their class schedules together, buying their school supplies, and getting to know their way around campus. A new year, a new school, new classes, and especially new professors. In college, students have the freedom to pick which professor they would like to have as a teacher for the subject of their interest. But the question is: How will students know which professor they want to have as a teacher? Students go on a website called ratemyprofessor.com.
Ratemyprofessor.com is a website where students write reviews on professors they had before in order for future students to get an idea of what that professor is like. But how accurate are these reviews? There is negative criticism that’s displayed on ratemyprofessor.com towards many professors from many former students. Some of our own student body expresses negative criticism towards our very own professors on the website. “[John Doe.] comes across as more of a soccer coach than a professor. When it’s assignment time, he authoritatively shouts the word ‘go’ like a sled of mountain dogs” stated a former student of psychology professor John Doe on May 31, 2014, giving him a 1.0 on overall quality and a 5.0 on difficulty. “[Jane Doe.] can be very condescending, rude and is a very harsh grader. She could be downright mean and she even made a classmate cry twice on our final. She also doesn’t hesitate to embarrass you in front of class” said a former student of English professor Jane Doe on April 27, 2015, giving her a 1.0 on overall quality and a 5.0 on difficulty.
It’s very important for students to display the value of respect towards their professors and clearly, students fail to do so as they are writing unfair comments towards their professors on ratemyprofessor.com. Not only is this type of negative criticism a display of disrespect towards the professors, it’s also a display of cyber bullying. Students need to learn how to respect their professors in the classroom and online. The purpose of college professors’ jobs is to educate their students. Not to be the victims of disrespect and cyber bullying.
So a few words of advice Spartans think before you act. Ratemyprofessor.com is designed to be a platform to inform future students about professors’ teaching styles and nothing more. This website is not a social media site like Twitter where you rant about how you feel about someone. So be careful with what you say on ratemyprofessor.com because you’ll never know who’s reading your comments on the other side of the screen.