Saturday, January 26, 2008
The following student evaluation at the University of Georgia has sparked a lot of commentary:
[Professor X] is a complete asshole. I hope he chokes on a dick, gets AIDS and dies. To hell with all gay teachers who are terrible with their jobs and try to fail students!"
- The Daily Pennsylvanian: Anonymity Guaranteed. Sort of. Not Really, by Lauren Friedman
- New York Times: Anonymity Breach, by Randy Cohen
- RedandBlack.com: Student Cited for Survey Remarks, by Paul Ruddle
- Volokh Conspiracy: Breach of Promised Anonymity and Student Free Speech Violation?, by Eugene Volokh
The commentary has mainly concerned the appropriateness of the university's actions in sanctioning the student for, among other things, harassment in light of the professor's sexual orientation. Dave Hoffman has taken a different tack and opened a Bad Student Evaluation Hall of Fame:
Now the first-amendment and privacy law implications of disciplining the student are outside of my area of expertise. ... But the post does prompt me to put up a project I've been thinking about for a while: a hall of fame for bad student evaluations. The idea is for you folks (commentators!) to give examples of the most ridiculous, funny, and insightful negative evaluations you've gotten in courses you've taught.
Let's try a tax version -- the comments are open for you to share "the most ridiculous, funny, and insightful negative evaluations you've gotten" in your tax courses.