Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Some Musings on Student Evaluations of Teachers

If you've taught at a Korean uni, you know the student evaluations definitely have an impact upon your renewal prospects, with some unis more than others obviously.  In Korea, unis are definitely in the business of offering a service: "education" to the students.  It's a world where students are king, and such things as the senior being excused from all classes because they got a job, or a senior being unable to fail any of their last year's classes happens.  Anyway, the result is that the teacher in Korea often feels forced to cater to the whims of students and become more of an entertainer than an educator in order to get high scores from the students.  It's a tough line to walk sometimes.   From the New York Times Website.

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