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Let students rate teachers: Centre Party

TT/The Local/vt · 4 Jan 2011, 12:48

Published: 04 Jan 2011 12:48 GMT+01:00

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Despite the resistance the proposal has encountered since it was first brought up more than two years ago, Olofsson has pressed on with pushing it forward.

Not a single student organisation was interested in the proposal when it was launched in 2008.

"I have never heard of it being something that students would be interested in," Michael Grenefalk, chairman of the Swedish Student Central Council Organisation (Sveriges Elevråds Centralorganisation, SECO), said at the time.

Meanwhile, the teachers' union has also dismissed the proposal, deeming it meddlesome.

In addition, the Centre Party's coalition partner, the Liberal Party, which is responsible for education issues in the government, has given the proposal the thumbs down.

"To give students the responsibility of having an influence on teachers' salaries is a strange idea. It places a great responsibility on each individual student," said Christer Nylander, chairman of the Liberal Party's education policy working group.

In the Centre Party's congress resolution from 2009, there is no trace of the proposal. However, the Party has suggested that students should have the right to appeal grading decisions.

Olofsson wants the party to broaden itself and its focus on school policies is part of this plan.

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She also proposed greater autonomy for schools, such as allowing an increase in the number of classes according to the students' needs.

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13:26 January 4, 2011 by Looking in
What teacher will want to give a student a poor mark reflecting their actual abilities when that student has the power of being able to give a teacher a poor rating which will affect their career. I guess it will save on teachers having to mark students' work--just give them all high marks and get a good rating!!

Most students of school age are not capable of being objective in matters that affect them so directly. What a crazy idea!! There's enough problems already with false allegations against teachers! In the UK 95% of allegations made about teachers are found to be false!!
15:48 January 4, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
What absolute nonsense. Obviously whoever it was in the Centre Party that came up with this ridiculous proposal has never been a teacher.
16:03 January 4, 2011 by reason
Let student performance rate teachers.
16:30 January 4, 2011 by Great Scott
What is this idiot out of her pram again? Is she so stupid not to see the deals that will go on between teacher and student, "yes teacher I will give you top marks if you give me top marks".

Has this fool ever come up with one good idea?

Bye the way is she up for Stefan Hanna's obesity tax, yes this comes from same party of num brain ideas, how have these idiots got jobs as politicians.
16:35 January 4, 2011 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
Ha, this reminds me of when I did my student teaching in Sweden.

I taught class in high school for a few months (a program that was mostly boys aged 15-16). At the end of my teaching I asked the kids if they would fill out a small form I had made and rate my performance. Totally anonymous of course, I just wanted to know what they thought so I could improve myself as a teacher since this was my first serious teaching gig and I trusted their input. They were more than willing to help me out.

End result? Maybe 10% actually gave me decent input about what they liked and what I could improve. The other 90% gave me tips (on how I could be a better teacher) with answers like "You need to wear a thong and bend over" and "show more boobs".

I'd shudder to imagine if these kids were actually given the true responsibility of rating a professional and it has an impact on their careers. O_o
18:03 January 4, 2011 by KungsholmenGuy
@ IsayWhatPeopleThink

The fraction of mature responses was 10% in your case, which was, hopefully a worst case scenario, for a class of mostly male students at that age.

I am not in favour of having students influence teachers' salaries, but at the university level I am in favour of mandated anonymous comments from students to their professors, about his/her teaching style and methods. These reviews could be submitted electronically, where filters could be used to attempt to eliminate any message that includes abusive comments..

No evaluation system is perfect, but students often have valid concerns, so I would like to see some effort made to hear what they have to say. For example if the anonymous evaluation was administered by another teacher, or by the principal (but not read by the principal), then the fraction of useful responses might increase, even among 15 year old males.
19:12 January 4, 2011 by Brtahan
Whats with this Picture ? the local has a secret agenda... This pic is for Invandare youths studing a program called IVIK , it doesnt fit the topic at all!!!
21:33 January 4, 2011 by miss79
wow no wonder finland has the best education in the world..sweden is going way down
23:29 January 4, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
It is done already, unofficially, in the US www.ratemyprofessor.com
02:20 January 5, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
Teacher evaluations have been happening in the States at High School and University levels for over thirty years. No big deal, really. Generally there are no big surprises. Students can opt for better teachers when choosing course work. Competition and choices are good even in education..
09:17 January 5, 2011 by rybo1
What a dumb idea. Swedish students already have too much power over educators.
09:36 January 5, 2011 by Susan Lu
In the high school where I worked in China. This kind of evaluation is done on a monthly basis. Teachers are quite pressured and pay special attention to keeping good relations with students. There were teachers getting laid-off after a few times of poor evaluation from students. of course, students performance is also put into consideration when firing a teacher. But mostly, good teachers get good evaluations. Most students give objective opinions.
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