I was at an event where a teacher was given an award for being a favourite teacher based upon student reviews. Seemed a little suspicious, the best lessons I learned were from people who said things I didn’t agree with and couldn’t understand at the time. I wonder if part of good teaching is to knowingly position the students in ways that risk not being liked by same students. Some of those lessons, from instrumentalists and songwriters, proved their worth over a few years of life experience, making me think back about who said what and why I didn’t understand it the first time. Back then I doubt I would have said something praiseworthy. I can get my head around taking student reviews seriously but I can’t get my head around rewarding the teacher for them. That risks incentivizing the teacher to seek likability instead of credibility.