by Bernie Goldbach
UPDATED 17 November 2021: This page remains one of the 10 most-visited pages of Bernie Goldbach's InsideView blog. And the RateMyTeachers website keeps ticking over, 15 years from its inception. The idea of rating teachers percolates up during meet-ups with educators in Ireland.
True Ratings Offer Text Comments
More than 15 years have elapsed since RateMyTeachers was in full flow. The idea of rating teachers attracts dozens of people every day, searching for another way to assess the value of teaching and learning in Ireland. Raw league tables aren't useful at truly gaining insights about the teaching profession.
Screenshot from Typeform Survey
As part of a programmatic reviews of third level curricula, I help survey 100 graduates every year. Some of those graduates were students on the Tipperary Institute campus when this original blog post was written during a social media tutorial session. In 2021, some of the anonymous feedback I received from former students made me feel blessed. Although we didn't intend for graduates to personally cite members of the staff in their surveys, several former students opted to offer positive comments about people like Mike Kiely, lecturers who taught them programming fundamentals, and myself.
Those straightforward long text comments are more insightful than a league table.
NOW THAT THE Irish Supreme Court has prohibited the publication of primary school inspectors' reports, the time is ripe for Rate My Teachers to step up and publish summaries of its own. For starters, let's tell all Irishblogs the names of the schools that blacklist the site since they are possibly the ones with the most to fear from information transparency. Then let's see the ones at the top of the list--those schools with the most cross-talk about quality of education.