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A German court rules that Spickmich, a student-run website, is protected by constitutional freedom of opinion rights.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2007 21:36 IST

Internet, that one-stop talk shop, has once again proved that in today’s world everyone is under the public scanner all the time, more so if they are in a position that necessitates public interaction. A German court on Thursday ruled that Spickmich, a student-run website which gives registered users a chance to grade the people who teach them, is protected by constitutional freedom of opinion rights. The website allows secondary pupils all over Germany to vote online on the qualities of their teachers. The users vote on a scale from 1 to 6 in different categories, such as, “motivated,” “highly prepared in class” and “gives fair marks”. What seems to have cheesed off the teacher, and like her many others, are the fun categories like “cool” and “sexy.” Many teachers opposed the site, saying no teacher should be graded without consent.

The first part of the poll is, we think, acceptable. A teacher, like any other professional, should be graded and who better than his or her own pupils. The fun categories, and that’s possibly the USP of the site, is — in the absence of a better word — definitely cheeky. But then didn’t teachers drill in that all work, no play makes Jack a dull boy.

And, we are jealous because we — who crossed the school boundaries to earn our freedom light years ago — have missed this fabulous chance to wield the e-stick. A little bit of downgrading of some of our Dickensian tormentors would have made life that much more bearable. Would it? A chance to teach them a lesson or two would have served them write.