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Practice what we preach

When rate-my-teacher appeared educators up and down the land reacted very strongly. There was talk about how inappropriate it was, how it was the wrong way to handle positive and negative teachers evaluations, how it could be abused, etc. Now, what do we have – “if you can’t beat them, join them“.

Our students use their social networks to let vent to their feelings, be those feelings good, bad or indifferent. Now, it seems that their teachers and lecturers are doing likewise. Ok, every educator can identify with at least some of the gripes. But that’s not the issue.

The issue is whether or not a Facebook group is the right place to talk about them. On the one hand, it shows that the members are not feeling heard in their institution and have to go outside it to ask for help. If they get the empathy and support they need from their Facebook friends (who have the reassurance that they are not alone facing problems) then this group has a positive focus. On the other hand, it seems unprofessional.

So is a Facebook the right place or not to air grievances? I dont get too many comments on this blog, but the stats that WordPress tell me that it does have visitors. Now, this is not a beg for comments. I really am curious about what people think of this – So, what do you think? Yes or no?