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June 2004

Eric Rasmusen has a nice post on student evaluations of professors. (Link via Cold Spring Shops.) Near the end there is an almost Swiftian proposal:

Why, indeed, do we have people with PhD's, or people who have scholarly credentials, teaching at all? If student satisfaction is the key, universities should hire cheaper teachers who know more about presentation than they do about substance. And, indeed, maybe teacher quality is unimportant, and this would work out fine.