For thousands of years, students acquire knowledge from teachers and teachers evaluate their students with degrees of examinations and tests. However, whether students should in return evaluate their teachers is highly controversial. Some may claim that a mutual supervising mechanism between students and teachers is better than the existed evaluation system, while others argue that students should not be granted for such right. In my opinion, I personally agree with the mutual supervising mechanism and support that students should be given the right to assess their teachers.|
The most prominent reason for the merging of the question "should students evaluate their teachers" is the growing number of unqualified teachers entering Universities and colleges. So in the orientation of improving education quality, schools could reverse this tendency by letting students to evaluate teachers and expel those seemingly qualified but in fact unqualified teachers. By implementing the mutual supervising mechanism, students could grade teacher by criterions such as the punctuality of classes, whether teachers can fully illustrate the core concepts of the subjects or just talking about cliches, do teachers have an open mind to students' understanding or extremely dogmatic.In general, teachers with passion and sharp understanding of the subject are often adored by students therefore will get good grade, but teachers who are lax about the course and less inspiring are not welcomed by students and therefore receive lower grades. Thus help the administration to decide which teachers are worth rewarding and who should be expelled.
However, the biggest flaw existed in the mutual supervising mechanism cannot be ignored: some students are so young and immature that they may wrongly evaluate their teachers. In really situations, teachers' insistence on students' punctuality or precision on experiments and homework might enrage(使厌烦) students who are not used to get to classes on time or take experiments seriously. In this case, a responsible and conscientious teacher may receive low credit from students , which is totally unfair. But fortunately, these immature students are after all the minority of the whole picture, today, most college undergraduates are sensible and rational young people who know the merits of following strict rules set up by their teachers.
In a nutshell, in oder to efficiently allocate educational resources, schools should allow students to evaluate their teachers. Not only could this improve the education quality provided to students, but also gather more resources like experiment facilities and fund to qualified teachers and help them to make advancement in their own fields.