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Please rate Paly teachers

Original post made by Student, Palo Alto High School, on Aug 9, 2014

I have found these ratings to be helpful and accurate. Please help others by rating teachers you have had at ratemyteachers.com

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Posted by Alum
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Wow, wish I'd known about this website!


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Posted by Tipster
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm

You can't rate using Internet Explorer but it works with Mozilla Firefox.


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Posted by Student
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Thanks!


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Posted by Roger Dodger
a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Roger Dodger is a registered user.

ratemyteacher.com is a trash website, and about as accountable as TS. Anonymous posting with no accountability, no real moderation, no verification, etc. It's easy for a child to go on this site and make up anything they want to about a teacher. It's garbage and has no place in a proper discussion about school and teacher effectiveness.


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Posted by Parent of 3
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

Ratemyteacher is fairly accurate, according to my children who graduated already. There may be an inaccurate posting by some angry student but it's offset by the other postings so one can still make a general conclusion. There are some good tips on the website from former students which are helpful.


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Posted by paly parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

Parent of 3

"Ratemyteacher is fairly accurate, according to my children who graduated already. There may be an inaccurate posting by some angry student but it's offset by the other postings so one can still make a general conclusion. There are some good tips on the website from former students which are helpful."

I would agree. Having once spent some time looking at the site, it was obvious the students were genuine and I agree there is usually a balance of what the strengths and weaknesses are for teachers.

The reason it may not please adults is because the raw emotions do come out. I LOVE this teacher, or this teacher ALWAYS...In between you get real tips. Like make sure you go in and talk to so and so, or this one chooses favorites so...or this is a really interesting class. It's real talk, specific, to the point.

Thank you to students who write them!


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

This applies to other similar website services such as Yelp and TripAdviser etc.. You will find defenders and critics. If you are going to be an avid user of Yelp, Twitter etc. etc. then why not rate my teacher? We are living in an era of oversharing, clearly. That I do agree. Some do think there is value in information sharing, millions spend a lot of time on this kind of thing. "rating" things appears to be a major theme in such online sharing. Perhaps a better question would be the use of one's time, but then I cannot separate out social media, Pinterest and the above from rate my teacher. Sorry.


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Posted by Rainer
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Teacher's ratings, the ultimate non-sense in primary and secondary education.

I noticed that internationally the counties on the top of the totem pole in Education, say Finland, Singapore, (and closer our system) Germany, etc.,
do not rate teachers at all, and definitely not by students or by the success (or not) of students;
do not make teacher's salaries dependent on a rating;
do not use multiple choice tests;
but do have nearly absolute tenure for a teacher (short of he/she committing a criminal act), after about 5 years.

But they do not have School Boards of well-meaning but ignorant parents, who keep investigation of bullying a secret, and when it is investigated, sue the authorities.

Other countries work hard on preventing bullying, by making the prevention a responsibility of the cohort (all are being punished, like ALL members of a football team can no longer play if ONE member is bullied).

With this approach Prussia, surprisingly basing military education on Pestalozzi's First Principle ["Personality is sacred. This constitutes the 'inner dignity of each individual for the young as truly as for the adult"] eliminated bullying even from the military cadet schools, something US Military Academies have not managed to this very day.

Compare this to Palo Alto, e.g., which expends all of its pedagogical energy in first how to keep bullying secret, and then how to report bullying, after the fact. The reporting charade now goes on for nearly 2 years!


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Posted by Gordon
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

@Rainer: Take your children to those countries if you don't approve of the education here or run for the School Board and try to make a difference instead of being unproductive and whining here.


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Posted by Student
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 24, 2014 at 1:05 am

Very good!


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Posted by Blech
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

All my teachers suck this year. I'm gonna have to work my a** off.


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