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Teachers constantly grade students, but what if the roles were reversed? Many might believe that students shouldn’t have the power to grade teachers like they grade their students, but grading teachers can bring a lot of positives into a classroom. 

Students should be allowed to grade teachers based on their performance and ability to teach their students effectively. 

Students grading teachers might seem like a different and foreign concept being introduced into a classroom. Although students are graded constantly, it is believed that teachers need feedback often as well. By allowing students to grade their teachers, classroom efficiency can be improved and new ways of teaching can be introduced. According to The Hechinger Report, “In preliminary findings released over the past few years, the MET study suggested both student achievement and classroom observation be given strong weight in judging the effectiveness of teachers. It’s a common refrain in school reform circles and a centerpiece of teacher evaluation systems in dozens of states, including New Jersey.” As shown by this quote, classrooms that are doing this in New Jersey and other states have seen student achievement, and overall better education and teaching from teachers. By allowing students to express their opinions, it is not only teaching teachers what they can do better, but is also teaching students how to properly evaluate someone’s performance. 

Some might believe that this isn’t efficient and overall is not a good idea because most students would not take it seriously. Although, there might be some students who don’t particularly take the grading seriously, there are still many children who will. This idea can be introduced firstly in high school and if it works effectively, it can be added into middle school. This idea would most likely not work in elementary schools since students might not have the capacity yet to efficiently rate their teacher. Many students can get their opinions out and benefit from this concept especially at the high school level, where many students might have an issue with how their teachers teach. 

What needs to change with this issue is implementing the idea of grading teachers in all states and firstly, starting at the high school level. Then, once it’s implemented it can expand to different ages according to how it goes in most states. By adding this concept, many new ways of teaching can be introduced and teachers can know exactly what they are doing wrong and how they could improve. 

Although students are the ones meant to be graded, teachers deserve feedback as well. By allowing this concept, students can voice their opinions and teachers can work to improve. 

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Lexie Hanna
Lexie Hanna, Opinion Writer
Lexie is a senior at Struthers High School. She is an opinion writer in Journalism I. Lexie’s favorite subject is either English or science. Her favorite food is chicken tenders with honey mustard, and she loves the color green. Lexie’s favorite artist is Brent Faiyaz. She plays varsity tennis and is a varsity cheerleader. She also is a L.I.N.K crew member and vice president of National Honor Society. Outside of school, she likes to hang out with her friends and family.  Lexie loves to write which is why she thoroughly enjoys journalism. Her expectations for the year is to maintain her 3.9 G.P.A and stay on track to be salutatorian. She also hopes to graduate with honors and attend Bowling Green State University to major in forensic science.  Lexie is mostly excited for her last prom and basketball season. She is also excited to make more memories with all of her friends here and overall just enjoy her last year at Struthers. 
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    Jennifer MonusMay 23, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    I think this is a cool idea! I would love to know what and how I can be better for my students.