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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Hit the 8,000,000 ratings mark!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

RateMyTeachers Newsletter - May 2005

RateMyTeachers Newsletter #8
May 2005

As the school year draws to a close (our fourth school year in the books), the RateMyTeachers staff would like to thank you once again for helping us achieve another school year full of highlights. In 2004-2005 we:

-rated our one millionth teacher
-added our seven and a half millionth teacher rating
-expanded internationally into the UK and Ireland
-were featured on CNN and other national news media
-added parent ratings (if they didn’t already know, tell your parents they can grade your teachers too)
-served over three million unique students in their quest to grade, review, and choose their teachers

Coming Soon
We have all sorts of plans in store for the summer that we can’t wait to roll out by the time you are back in class this fall.

Do you agree or disagree with a particular comment posted about your favorite teacher? Soon you will have the opportunity to respond to any comment posted on your school’s page. Even better, we will allow verified teachers to get in on the action and respond to constructive criticism on the site. Every single rating will open up into its own discussion forum for students and teachers. If you agree with something written, you’ll have a chance to say “hear, hear! Right on!” Disagree, and you can tell your school why the rating is unfair. These “rebuttal” tools will effectively make RateMyTeachers are more thorough communication tool for the entire education community

Part of the RateMyTeachers Mission
Part of the mission of RateMyTeachers is to help students learn to take responsibility for, and "own" their educations. As the consumers of education, it is your right (and the responsible thing to do) to hold your educators responsible.

For too long, education has been viewed as a public good that is bestowed upon the ignorant masses for their own well-being, in spite of themselves. Education is not a gift - it is paid for both with tax dollars and with hidden costs (what is the cost of a lost education?). To determine the true cost of your education, ask yourself "what am I giving up to be here?" What else could I be doing with my time besides this? And since I value my education over the alternative, what do I want to gain from it."

Once those goals are defined, and you are determined to achieve them, it is your right to hold your educators responsible to a standard of excellence that is necessary for you to reach that goal. Any teacher who cares about their students will agree with this sentiment.

Thank You!
Please consider rating your teachers one last time before the end of the school year and continue to spread the good word to friends who do not yet know about this service.

Some of you have been with us since your freshmen year of high school, and now you are graduating. Thank you for your support and best of luck going forward. Make sure to check out our sister site, RateMyProfessors.com, for help choosing your university professors.

Make sure to finish up your final exams and projects on a positive note – and have a great summer! Stay tuned!


Sincerely,
The RateMyTeachers Staff


RateMyTeachers.com

classface.com

RateMyTeachers Newsletter #9

RateMyTeachers Newsletter #9
May 2005

As the school year draws to a close (our fourth school year in the books), the RateMyTeachers staff would like to thank you once again for helping us achieve another school year full of highlights. In 2004-2005 we:

-rated our one millionth teacher
-added our seven and a half millionth teacher rating
-expanded internationally into the UK and Ireland
-were featured on CNN and other national news media
-added parent ratings (if they didn’t already know, tell your parents they can grade your teachers too)
-served over three million unique students in their quest to grade, review, and choose their teachers

Coming Soon
We have all sorts of plans in store for the summer that we can’t wait to roll out by the time you are back in class this fall.

Do you agree or disagree with a particular comment posted about your favorite teacher? Soon you will have the opportunity to respond to any comment posted on your school’s page. Even better, we will allow verified teachers to get in on the action and respond to constructive criticism on the site. Every single rating will open up into its own discussion forum for students and teachers. If you agree with something written, you’ll have a chance to say “hear, hear! Right on!” Disagree, and you can tell your school why the rating is unfair. These “rebuttal” tools will effectively make RateMyTeachers are more thorough communication tool for the entire education community

Part of the RateMyTeachers Mission
Part of the mission of RateMyTeachers is to help students learn to take responsibility for, and "own" their educations. As the consumers of education, it is your right (and the responsible thing to do) to hold your educators responsible.

For too long, education has been viewed as a public good that is bestowed upon the ignorant masses for their own well-being, in spite of themselves. Education is not a gift - it is paid for both with tax dollars and with hidden costs (what is the cost of a lost education?). To determine the true cost of your education, ask yourself "what am I giving up to be here?" What else could I be doing with my time besides this? And since I value my education over the alternative, what do I want to gain from it."

Once those goals are defined, and you are determined to achieve them, it is your right to hold your educators responsible to a standard of excellence that is necessary for you to reach that goal. Any teacher who cares about their students will agree with this sentiment.

Thank You!
Please consider rating your teachers one last time before the end of the school year and continue to spread the good word to friends who do not yet know about this service.

Some of you have been with us since your freshmen year of high school, and now you are graduating. Thank you for your support and best of luck going forward. Make sure to check out our sister site, RateMyProfessors.com, for help choosing your university professors.

Make sure to finish up your final exams and projects on a positive note – and have a great summer! Stay tuned!


Sincerely,
The RateMyTeachers Staff


RateMyTeachers.com

classface.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hit the 1,000,000 teachers mark!

Hit the 1,000,000 teachers mark! We would like to thank you all of the students, teachers, and parents who have made this site possible. We look forward to adding another million in the months and years to come.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Union objects to teacher-rating website

Union objects to teacher-rating website
Wednesday, March 09 2005
by Ciaran Buckley

The Teachers Union of Ireland is urging that access to a website, which collects anonymous feedback on Irish teachers, be blocked from Irish school computers.

The ratemyteachers.ie website invites pupils to anonymously appraise teachers on a scale of one to five, and awards marks based on teachers' helpfulness, clarity in teaching and popularity in the school. It also features a "hall of fame" and a "wall of shame." The site is an off-shoot of ratemyteachers.com, a California-based website.

The site lists most secondary schools in Ireland and includes postings on teachers from schools such as Ashbourne Community School, Co Meath; Catholic University School, Dublin; St Mary's secondary school, Edenderry, Co Offaly; Manor House School, Dublin, and Muire na Dea Comhairle, Headfort, Co Galway.

A spokesperson for the TUI said that although the union hasn't examined the postings in detail, it noted that some of the postings about individual teachers are very negative. The spokesperson said that the union had a problem with the lack of accountability on the site.

"The postings are anonymous, that really speaks for itself," the spokesperson commented.

The TUI points out that teachers are already accountable through existing evaluation systems and said that their performance is monitored through whole school evaluations, subject evaluations and random classroom evaluations.

The US version of the website claims to have received more than five million ratings since its inception five years ago, rating 38,000 middle schools and high schools in the US and Canada.

Two years ago the US site added student moderators to improve the integrity of the information on the website. The 3,500 moderators handle their own school's information on the site and review ratings for other schools to improve the quality of the ratings.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Teacher accused of instructing students on bomb-making

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- A high school chemistry teacher was arrested after students claimed he taught his class how to make a bomb, authorities said.

David Pieski, 42, used an overhead projector in class to give instructions in making explosives to students at Freedom High School, including advising them to use an electric detonator to stay clear from the blast, an Orange County sheriff's arrest report said.


David Pieski's Teacher Ratings

not a very good teacher.he is always blowing up stuff in class and does not teach much about chemistry. the worst chem. teacher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the coolest dude! we always blow stuff up! but we learn too! he is a great teacher and very funny!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Hit the 7,000,000 ratings mark!

Friday, January 21, 2005

Now parents can join kids in rating their teachers online

Now parents can join kids in rating their teachers online

By Rick Karlin
Albany (N.Y.) Times Union
January 21, 2005

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Web site that enables students to rate and make comments about their teachers online is about to let parents in on the act.

The operators of Ratemyteachers.com are setting up a portion of their site where parents can rate the teachers, as well.

It's envisioned as an electronic version of long-standing, informal forums such as coffee klatches or PTA meetings where parents might swap information about which teachers are stars and which are dogs.

"We're kind of testing it out still," Mike Hussey, one of the site's founders, said of the new parents section.

The biggest challenge, he said, is making it as easy as possible for parents to log on and post comments, since they typically aren't as adept at navigating interactive Web sites as their kids.

"We'll make it a little easier," said Hussey.

Ratemyteachers.com has become a nationwide phenomenon since it was launched in 2001.

The site created an instant controversy, with teachers and administrators complaining that there was nothing to stop students who were simply unhappy with their grades from posting negative comments.

The site's operators say they use volunteer students as local administrators to edit out remarks that are vulgar or in bad taste.

Since its launch, Hussey said, close to 1 million teachers have been listed on the site, which is broken out by states and individual schools.

Some 1.2 million people visit the site each month, he said.

"It's been growing like crazy," said Hussey, who added that a similar site, Ratemyprofessors.com, has been started for college students who want to exchange buzz on their instructors.

One Brooklyn, N.Y., teacher contacted authorities in 2003, requesting that her name be removed from the site.

That never happened, however, after site lawyers successfully argued that teachers are open to scrutiny as public figures.

In what Hussey said was a backhanded sign of interest, plenty of schools block access to Ratemyteachers.com on computers in their buildings.

Most of the teachers listed on the site get positive comments, but there are always a few complaints, ranging from being too demanding to too lax.