[Offtopic] RateMyTeachers.com

VanZetten, Teresa VanZetten.Teresa at cathednet.wa.edu.au
Thu Jun 15 10:41:23 EST 2006

It does have a moderator, but this could be abused the other way by the school!
Kind Regards
Terri Van Zetten
ICT Specialist
St Mary's College Broome


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I see many issues with this and none of them positive.
I might have a word with the union rep because I see this as open to all
sorts of abuse.

stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> Hmm .. what do people think?
> --
> Friday June 02, 2006 10:16 am
> "RateMyTeachers.com, North America's most popular education website,
> launches in Australia and New Zealand today."
> http://au.ratemyteachers.com/
> "RateMyTeachers.com has established itself in classrooms across North
> America as a useful resource for students, teachers, and parents alike.
> Today marks the official launch of RateMyTeachers in the Australia and
> New Zealand. The site is an innovative idea, allowing students to share
> opinions and grade their teachers.
> RateMyTeachers.com currently boasts 9.3 million teacher ratings, over 1.2
> million teachers, and is currently in use at more than 51,000 middle
> schools and high schools across the United States and Canada. The site
> has been in operation since August 2001 and has quickly spread across
> North America through word of mouth. Each year, more than three million
> students log in to RateMyTeachers to grade and review their teachers.
> Joel Gordon, an English teacher at Amsterdam High School, New York
> believes RateMyTeachers "enfranchises our kids, gives voice to their long-
> stifled expressions in a subject area in which they have loads of
> experience and are eminently qualified to speak. These statistics are
> timely, relevant and 99% honest."
> With the assistance of over 5000 student administrators, RateMyTeachers
> reviews every teacher rating before it is posted to the website. Any
> malicious or vulgar postings are removed. If a teacher is at odds with
> any rating, that person can easily flag the rating and comment for a
> second review. The majority of ratings are positive, with students
> celebrating their teachers.
> Site co-founder Michael Hussey explains the goal of the site. "Students
> have a keen interest in rating their teachers' performance in the
> classroom. The growth of the site in the US and Canada is a testament to
> students desires to take an active role in improving the quality of their
> education. We are encouraging students to really own their educations; to
> demand the best of themselves and their educators."
> Websites:
> http://au.ratemyteachers.com
> http://ratemyteachers.co.nz
> © 2006 RateMyTeachers.com"
> --
> Ta Cameron ..
> Stephen Loosley
> Victoria, Australia
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