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Topic # 8372 24-Jun-2006 16:58
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http://www.ratemyteachers.co.nz/

I think this is a great opportunity for all us students and ex-students to get online and tell the world about our teachers.
For all you uni people they have a sister site for that too.
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  Reply # 39533 24-Jun-2006 17:01
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Looks allot of fun, might make some teachers do something about their attitudes


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Reply # 39535 24-Jun-2006 17:30
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I am a bit concerned that there is some potential for it to be abused, especially if potentially defamatory comments are made. In particular, it would be dreadful to think that someone with a grudge may use it to falsely suggest or imply that a particular teacher has been involved in inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour.

On the other hand, I think it's good to make teachers accountable to the people to whom they provide a service, and I think it's a bit childish that teachers and principles have publically ridiculed the service and actively attempted to discourage students from using it.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 39536 24-Jun-2006 17:41
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alasta: I am a bit concerned that there is some potential for it to be abused, especially if potentially defamatory comments are made. In particular, it would be dreadful to think that someone with a grudge may use it to falsely suggest or imply that a particular teacher has been involved in inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour.


The site does have some features to protect the teachers. All IP Addresses are logged, All Comments are moderated before they are put online, teachers CAN go respond to peoples posts about them, ANYONE can flag a comment and put it up for review... etc

On the other hand, I think it's good to make teachers accountable to the people to whom they provide a service, and I think it's a bit childish that teachers and principles have publically ridiculed the service and actively attempted to discourage students from using it.


Truth be told today and always parents have never really been involved in their childs education, now they can go online and see what people who deal with their childs teacher daily and not develop a biased opinion based on rare "Parent Teacher" evenings. Its about time a site gave students the ability to safely discuss something that will and is greately affecting their lives.

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Reply # 39544 24-Jun-2006 20:55
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JAMMAN2110: The site does have some features to protect the teachers. All IP Addresses are logged, All Comments are moderated before they are put online, teachers CAN go respond to peoples posts about them, ANYONE can flag a comment and put it up for review... etc
Completely unfair and I don't approve such sites. Saying that teachers can go and respond to posts is really a joke.

How long a libel (dictionary) is on-line before a teacher is told that an accusation is going around? No, I don't this is a fair way of making performance appraisals.

I agree, though, that complaining about teachers' performance to the part responsible for this in the government (any government) will probably just hit a brick wall - you know, closed ranks, etc...

However, I know there's an Office of the Ombudsmen in New Zealand, but their site says:

"The Ombudsmen are appointed by the New Zealand Parliament.  Their primary purpose is to inquire into complaints raised against New Zealand central, regional and local government organisations or agencies. They are independent review authorities and are accountable to Parliament, not the Government of the day."

So, perhaps after trying with the interested parties to raise the quality of education, leave to some independent entity to investigate?







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  Reply # 39545 24-Jun-2006 21:04
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Indeed Alpha, but what other way can students quickly and easily have public forum about these things.
I have no doubt that people will abuse these sites and that they may not always be fair to teachers but isnt that what our world is, no matter how many of us put up our hands are say we arent there will always be at least one racist, one sexist.....


EDIT: Sorry MF (about the ad thing) ... we all know what lack of sleep is like

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  Reply # 39723 26-Jun-2006 20:42
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So much for every review is checked!Surprised There was a review who called my teacher a f***ing W***er and a stupid as****e. (Sorry for the language Laughing) After I complaned it got taken down **YAY** And the stupid idiot even put there name. This site isn't really appropriate.





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  Reply # 39730 26-Jun-2006 21:00
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imho, this is an example of bad internet... it's got some very dangerous potential... but the net has to work both ways... I like the piratebay and want it to stay; I guess if I want things like that I have to put up with things like this... would never use it though, and would never pay attention to anything on the site...

imagine a ratemystudents site... I suspect there would be an out cry if teachers started posting what they really thought of some of the kids they have to deal with... especially if they use the "colourful" language the students appear to use...

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  Reply # 39732 26-Jun-2006 21:08
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Hey, Good Idea if somebody gave my the domain that would be the perfect thing to do!!

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