In this age of omnipresent digital and social media, you can’t move an inch, utter a word, or perform your daily work without some kind of public critique or rating. In one way, having the general public comment freely on your performance in any regard is inherently democratic. In another way, it’s a horrible invasion of privacy causing stilted behavior and needless anxiety over even the most mundane activities.

Take for instance RateMyTeacher, the desktop and mobile app that allows students to anonymously rate their teachers in high school and college. Perhaps an instructive tool for potential students selecting among various faculty options, or for parents to review the unvarnished ratings of their kids’ teachers. Though certainly stressful for teachers who inherently are looking to score well on these publicly available ratings boards. That’s simply human nature. Nobody likes bad things written about them. Similarly, “best teacher ever” feels pretty good.

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Such is the case of Trudy Hill, a 32-year old English teacher at Santa Teresa High School in the San Jose, CA area. Ms. Hill seemed to reviewed very favorably by her student body. Consistently noted as being a cool, hip English teacher who was often referred to as “too informal” and “chatty” but who was able to reach her students in ways other teachers at the school could not. As a for instance, the seventeen year old boy to whom she was sending naked photos of herself and providing fellatio after class. I don’t know much about the precise scoring mechanisms on RateMyTeacher, but presumably this gives you a decent rating. It would certainly do so for an Uber driver or a restaurant owner in her Yelp reviews.

Her class is the type of class you actually want to wake up early in the morning and go to. She is willing to work with any student she has and even adjusts her teaching style along the way based on her students’ suggestions and requests.

Well, that joke simply writes itself. In less funny news, Trudy Hill was arrested on charges related to the oral sex and sending the nude photos.

There’s no reason to suggest that student reviews of teachers would lead female teachers into tawdry affairs with their pupils, though I’d certainly bring it up in court as a last ditch defense. You simply don’t understand the pressure of scoring a top score on RateMyTeacher. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. When your victim voluntarily gives you a 5 out of 5, you have to wonder just how subconscious his wounds must be. Pretty deep. Almost non-existent if you will.