2.17.2009

Choosing Easy Teachers

Leaning back in my chair, at the beginning of every school year, I overhear a conversation between students about the method and reasoning behind why they chose our teacher.

Taken by itself, it’s a perfectly normal conversation. Normal, that is, until Ratemyprofessor.com gets brought up.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some Anti-Ratemyprofessor.com activist. In fact, most of the college semesters in my life have been preceded by hours of browsing the website for student commentary on their professors.

But every semester, when students talk about teacher-rating websites, all I hear about is how high their teachers’ ‘Easiness ratings’ are. And it’s been a source of frustration for me, as a college student.

Getting a degree isn’t easy. It’s not supposed to be. Yet, listening in on the people around me, it seems as if baccalaureate programs are filled to capacity with students who are just looking for the largest reward in exchange for the least amount of work. Knowing that people are taking the easiest route now, I can’t help but fear for their future.

Sure, those that skate-by will eventually get a bachelor’s degree. Maybe they’ll even get a decent grade point average, too. But this is a world where bachelor’s degrees don’t usually count for much, career-wise. Most of us, more than likely, will need to go on to graduate schooling.

This is where being lazy and taking the easiest classes throughout first four years becomes a problem.

When the time comes to put in hours of hard work to get a Master’s degree, students who had years spent taking professors with the highest Ease rating will see the immense requirements of a graduate education, and find themselves struggling through classes.

By working hard now, the struggle of trying to get a Master’s degree won’t seem as harsh.

For freshmen, my suggestion is to start off in classes with a comfortable work load. Then find teachers who put you a little more outside of your comfort zone each semester. That way, when the time comes for graduate school comes along, getting a degree won’t seem like such a daunting task.

And don't even get me started on how creepy it is that people use the "Hotness" rating to choose professors.

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