Some people believe that students should be encouraged to evaluate and criticize their teachers, but others feel that this will result in the loss of respect and discipline in the classroom. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.


Nowadays, the importance of improving education quality has been widely recognized throughout the world. This raises questions about whether students should be encouraged to evaluate and even criticize their teachers. Although some people are for this method, I personally believe students’ power of evaluating teachers should not be unlimited.

People who support evaluation from students claim that it could bring about numerous benefits. To begin with, this evaluation and criticism could help teachers to improve their teaching quality and adjust their method to measure up students’ expectation. However, it cannot be denied that some students may abuse their power and give teachers mean evaluation, not because their teachers slack off at work, but because students themselves dislike or even despise schooling. Another argument proposed by these advocates is that it could encourage students’ autonomy. It is because the more they participate, the more they feel responsible for their choice. This assertion might be partly true. Yet it is based on the assumption that students are mature enough to evaluate objectively. For instance, students are not supposed to give high evaluation to those only give easy homework and high test scores. Therefore, to what extent students should be given the power of evaluating teachers openly needs to take students’ level of maturity and intelligence into consideration.

Yet others are opposed of students evaluating teachers because they believe it would lead to a lack of discipline in the classroom and a lack of respect for teachers. This assertion is not groundless. It is because today most educational institutions have already given students some say in teaching such as feedback formula on courses after each semester. Too much evaluation power would probably generate more detrimental influence than positive one. This is because it might lead to students’ considering schooling and teachers as commodities they bought. If given them the absolute freedom to criticize and judge teachers, chaos in the classroom and disrespect of teachers would probably occur.

To conclude, although students should be allowed to have some say in teaching, but their power to evaluate and criticize teachers should be limited and proportionate to their level of maturity and intelligence.


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