I’m annoyed by this.
France bans naming teachers on school-rating website
PARIS (AFP) — A French court on Monday ordered a website that allows pupils to rate their schools to stop naming teachers, after the country’s educational establishment denounced it as “public lynching”.
The website, www.note2be.com, which opened late January based on similar sites that have existed for years in Britain, the United States and many other countries around the world, proved wildly popular with students and parents.
In just four weeks they gave marks out of 20 to 50,000 of their teachers and judged whether they were “interesting,” “available,” “respected,” or “motivated”.
Judgments, made anonymously, were on the whole favourable, with an average rating of 14.
But teachers, already smarting after a suggestion by President Nicolas Sarkozy that they might face performance reviews to which students could contribute, were incensed.
A group of teachers and several teachers’ union asked a Paris court to decide whether the site broke privacy laws by publishing teachers’ names and ratings and whether it breached their right to be judged only by superiors.
Public lynching?!? Give me a break! Students have every right to judge their teachers. I hope the site’s creators win their appeal.