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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
Dec 21, 2016
We’ve all been there: that one teacher that we thought was really unfair. In the past, kids would complain to parents, friends and maybe even other staff members at school. A few students might try to get even with a teacher, but often that would cause enough trouble to stop the issue.
Today, however, kids can do great harm to a teacher, thanks to both social media and a site called Rate My Teacher. This website allows people to anonymously rate teachers on a scale of 1 to 5 and add comments.
According to the site’s frequently asked questions (FAQs), over 65% of the ratings of teachers are positive. However, that still leaves a negative rate of nearly 35%. Here are five problems this teacher rating website can cause:
What’s really disturbing is that most of Rate My Teacher’s FAQ page is set up to discourage teachers from taking any actions whatsoever in their defense other than responding to comments. Not only that, but students can also take to social media, damaging a teacher’s reputation online by further sharing their negative teacher ratings.
Parents must teach their children to manage their disappointment at a teacher in a reasonable way. While tools like Rate My Teacher and social media provide kids the opportunity to express what they feel they can’t in class, they also promote habits that can be dangerous such as cyber-bullying. Our children also need to know that when they become adults, such actions can cost them a job or even harassment charges in the workplace.
This is an excellent moment to teach your children how to behave in the world. Talk to them about handling disappointing or “unfair” teachers in a proper manner:
Using a teacher rating website or social media to vent about “unfair” teachers is unfair to them, too. Real world communication and engaging with those we don’t agree with are helpful skills your child needs to grow into a successful student and competent adult. Don’t miss this opportunity to teach them the right way to go about it.