Ratemyprofessor.com exists as a public way for students to rate their professors. We all know about it. Some ratings are awesome, some are...well...deathly. It is a highly useful website for students to get a possible glimpse of a professor before he or she signs up for a class. And for what it is worth, the evaluations seem to be fairly accurate, for the most part. Of course we can always debate whether student perceptions actually equal teaching effectiveness.
But I don't care about that right now. I think we should start a website that looks just like ratemyprofessor.com, but that it is about students, where professors can make public evaluations of them - both awesome and deathly.
Ratemystudents.com would be the appropriate name (even if it is taken right now - or I suppose we could go with mystudentsucks.com). Wouldn't that be fair? And it could be tremendously useful for an instructor who, for instance, has a troublesome or troubled student. The instructor may find the student on ratemystudents.com and possibly find some explanations.
But here's another reason why we might want ratemystudents.com. What I don't like about ratemyprofessor.com is that if a well-meaning professor, who tries really hard to make class interesting and engaging for the student, gets blasted by a student on ratemyprofessor.com (who probably does so because of an impending bad grade), that prof begins to look like a bad prof. Some use that website for revenge. That's not right. But if we had ratemystudents.com, it is possible that student might think twice about enacting such revenge. If the prof who was rated badly by some student has a good guess who might have posted that rating (and usually the prof does), the prof could rate that student too for all to see. It would provide a little checks-and-balance.
So who's going to start ratemystudents.com?