Sure, I don't see why college students wouldn't be permitted to publicly evaluate professors on whatever Internet site they wanted. Some of these professors have been fairly well insulated from their critics for decades, and it's made them a little or sometimes a lot arrogant. It's time we turned the tables.
While its somewhat imprudent for students to talk about their professors online, and definitely rude in many situations, there is no reason that they should be banned from doing so. People have the right to say their opinions without it being guilty of libel, and the internet is simply another medium to do so.
Without a doubt, college students have the right to publicly evaluate their professors on Internet websites. Sites like RateMyProfessor are quite popular today and allow for such evaluations. There's no reason that student should be barred from such evaluations. This amounts to a freedom of speech issue that's quite simple.
We live in a free country, do we not? Students should be able to post what ever they want about anyone they want on the internet without any restrictions whatsoever. That's not to say that currently enrolled students could get in trouble with their University for posing exceedingly inappropriate things, but there is no reason students should be barred from basic freedom of speech. How is this a question?
Evaluations help people learn. Just as a teacher’s evaluation
helps a student make progress, a student’s evaluation can be helpful to a
professor. While instructors are assumed to know their subjects, many do not
know how to speak in public, how to grade fairly, or how to interact
appropriately with the class. Student evaluations can help teachers improve,
and can warn students away from professors who refuse to learn.
I see no reason why students should not be able to publicly evaluate their professors on Internet sites. This practice is already followed within other industries, such as health care, services, retail stores, and restaurants. Students are purchasing a service when they pay tuition and attend class. In my experience I had absolutely wonderful professors and some that were so-so. Every other industry is subjected to this type of scruitiny so the educational fields should be as well.
The use of social media is thriving, but that also means that privacy is lowering. Evaluation does indeed help the professor to improve his/her teaching method, but it is not a public matter. If you wish to explain or "rant" about your disapproval of a certain professor, you shouldn't do it over social media. Nothing is private these days, and if a school administrator happens to come across these evaluations, they probably wouldn't be happy with the unwanted attention and comments. Because we are talking about a college professor, college students are mature enough to express their concern with that teacher directly, or even to their adviser instead. Every person should be able to critique someone, but in most cases, when something is spread on the internet, it no longer is viewed as an opinion, but as fact. The evaluation is based on someone's opinion. In most cases, the evaluation is based on how biased the student is. If the student received a poor grade, or assignment, they would most likely express their distaste for that professor. In other cases, a student could express nothing but positive feedback based on a teacher that grades particularly easy.
-In summary, students should be able to evaluate their teachers, but in a more private environment.
-Most evaluations will be biased based on the students experience, or school performance
-These certain aspects shouldn't be shared with a public community because false rumors could be spread about this certain professor