I can't believe how many hits the Rate My Teacher post has gotten. I got this comment from a reader and thought it was worth sharing.
RMT doesn't give a wahooey about free speech or improving education. It's about the bottom line. As long as they make money they remain in business. So why not make it difficult to remain in business? I was stalked by a disturbed student. I did nothing to deserve it and his comments were not reflective of any reality except his own. When RMT refused to remove the comments without a police report, I began contacting the Vice-Presidents of marketing for the advertisers on the site. I would tell them my story and provide them with copies of the kind of comments that appeared beside their corporate branding. Let me tell you, when a company spends millions on a corporate logo, they do not appreciate having the rants of a disturbed person beside it! In all cases the companies were not aware that they had been advertising on the site, they withdrew their advertising and issued me a sincere apology. So, I'm suggesting that those who do not like the site do the same. The Internet is a wonderful tool that works both ways. If a web site is not responsible, those who fund the site should be held accountable where it counts-- at the bottom line. Maybe when a few employees at RMT start loosing their jobs or their bonuses they will begin to ask the question, "how can we become more responsible?" If I as one person could get 5 companies within a span of 2 weeks to cancel their advertising, think what all the pissed off teachers could accomplish.