Friday, April 30, 2004

Evaluation by acolytes? 

University Diaries says she's given up on course evaluations, and points to this article in today's New York Times as a good reason why. Says she:
I've studied, observed, read, and experienced these things for decades, and I've concluded that they're corrupt. They corrupt our demeanor, our seriousness, and our grading. They grant factitious wisdom and influence to students, teaching them to regard professors as petitioners. Like so many aspects of the market-driven university, they deprive the student of the one great and good thing only the university can give: the chastening experience of devotion to thought rather than to the self.