Besides professor evaluation forms, students have online opportunities to rate their teachers’ style and success at delivering learning content. On RateMyProfessors.com, students can join a conversation or begin their own thread about a favorite or loathed teacher. Stumbling upon this website one day, I punched in my most adored professor’s name and was shocked to find, among the praises of her, some horribly offensive entries. One went so far as to call her “soulless” and “an abomination.” Many writers didn’t even mention the learning content of the class, but went straight for the most personal attacks.
Though websites like this are certainly helpful to students deciding on which courses to take, they are an enormous invasion of professors’ privacy. Should the learning content be censored or limited in some way? What do you think?
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