March 18, 2005
The Merits of Student Evaluations
To the Editor:
Stanley Fish bemoans the use of student evaluations -- which can seem capricious at best and misleading at worst -- as a means of evaluating teaching performance ("Who's in Charge Here?," Careers, February 4). This is a view with which many faculty members would doubtless agree.
However, Fish betrays a deep distrust of students as learners capable of thinking critically about what (and how) they are learning, and how instructors are performing. He also