STUDENTS’ GRADING THEIR TEACHER
Students are the only true wealth of a nation and their education is the socio-moral responsibility of the country. To be educated is both their right as well as duty. Teachers play the most important role in students’ education. However, while some teachers are efficient in their career, some others do respect neither the students nor their jobs. That is why; students should be allowed to grade their teacher.
Opponents of students’ grading their teacher claim that this would indirectly give the students authority over teachers. They say that students are young, shallow, and immature. They would intentionally fail teachers who do not give them a below average amount of work or teachers who do not give them high grades. According to them, teachers will not focus on teaching the students. They will instead focus on trying to please the students in order for them to keep their job. They are right to some extent. But if parents help them in grading, teachers’ wrong judgement can be avoided. They also have to consider that teachers can be as petty and immature as students at times and may give students low grades that they do not deserve. This is not something related to age.
Some people may still maintain that students may not know what it’s like to teach, or even how to do it. They also claim that students may not know specifically how to teach the class, but they know how to help themselves learn. And if the teachers tried to teach that way, it could be that other students learn that way as well. However this is an irrelevant claim to our subject because I do not mean to say that students should grade professional performance of the teacher. I say that it is useful for both the students and the teacher that students grade their teacher’s care about themselves, his fairness in grading or his effort to teach them a subject.
Grading system will help appraise the performance of the teachers and measure the satisfaction level of the students. It will give them an insight into the minds of the students and show whether the teachers are successful in getting their lessons understood by the students. It will evaluate whether the class atmosphere is conducive to aid their learning. It will measure the satisfaction level of the students. It will also encourage the good teachers to continue their efforts and motivate themselves. It will also expose those who are not doing enough and will lead them to correct their teaching mythologies as well as their attitude towards students. Thus the quality of teaching will certainly improve. According to a study made in Turkey; ‘teaching methods’ factors and largely teachers’ ‘personal factors’ had an important influence on pupils’ attitude toward learning. Indeed, when you look at the data gathered through all the sections of the study, it is not difficult to conclude who the teacher is, and what they are like as a person are one of the most essential determinants on attitudes to learning for many pupils, i.e. the teacher as ‘a rational human being’, along with the teacher’s technical or pedagogical competence. So it is necessary to grade the teachers.
If the system of grading of teachers by the school students is introduced, the administration of the school will come to know about the performance of the teachers. Some teachers do not teach their students; instead, they let them cheat in the exams in order to pretend that he is a successful teacher. This will corrupt the minds of the students. Some teachers give their students a lot of homework which they can not deal with. This attitude has negative psychological and physical effects on them. Some students want to declare their complaints but they can not find anyone to tell. This system will eliminate bad effects of teachers on students and help cut the teachers who do not give importance to their jobs.
Having said these, I suggest this system is brought to all of the schools. This system will help the quality of education be improved, psychology and moral values of the students be secured. Teachers grade the students all the time, but why should not they himself be graded? If students do not grade them, there is no democracy at all.