Recently, it seems that Democrat Tom Shields who is challenging Delegate John O’Bannon has been looking into Dr. O’Bannon’s voting record. While we can’t do the same for Tom Shields, there is an interesting tool available online for college students that allows you to rate your professor. It gives you the chance to grade your teacher.
I wish they had that when I was going to College. I would have avoided that “History of Philosophy” class like the plague. There are some people that just should not be allowed to go near young people.
So, I visited Tom Shield’s ratings to see what his students think of him.
To be honest, I was shocked at what I found. One review in particular caught my attention:
He assigns a lot of reading but always follows it up with discussion. Reading not always necessary. His midterm is more detail oriented than expected. He likes political science. Some lessons relate to politics. It’s hard to get a read off of him. You don’t know if your comments were sufficient.
Wow! It seems Democrat Tom Shields may have a history of bringing politics into the classroom. If this was a Political Science class, that would be expected. But Shields is supposed to be teaching leadership. Exactly what political discussions does he mandate in his class? Shields used to teach at the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia and was forced to resign due to politics. Perhaps the University of Richmond should take a close look at the Professor and take steps necessary to prevent his campaigning in the classroom to a captive audience. While no one is suggesting Shields is doing anything wrong, the integrity of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies needs to be protected from the appearance of impropriety. The Jepson School was one of the first schools of it’s kind and is well respected around the world. Perhaps they should look into adopting the Sorensen Institute’s policy.
The proper thing for Shields to do at the University of Richmond is to resign, as he did at UVA.
And looking at the reviews online, Tom Shields resignation may be in the best interest of the University anyway. The best thing several students could come up with is he is “cute”, so they really didn’t care how well he taught. Sad.
Here are some of the comments from the man that wants to represent you. Make up your own mind on his qualifications:
- Professor Shields means well but has trouble executing his meaningful agenda for the class. He can be hilarious and make the class interesting but don’t be surprised to be bored because he just lets people go on and on. The class is only fun if everybody reads the material. Shields is a nice guy but I wish he would take it more seriously.
- No preparation for classes, very very detail orientated tests (learn the lists), abysmal teacher no help, and had no time for his students, never returned work, Don’t take him if you can avoid him!
- Shields is a nice guy that is very easy to be around. However, he does not always explain the subject in the best way and makes it hard to get an A in the class
- Shields is by far the most attractive professor on campus. Who cares how his class is, you can stare at him for 50 minutes and not get bored
- i learned next to nothing from this man. he came to class with sparknotes each day to guide discussions. maybe it was just because he was a new prof, but i honestly thought i was smarter than him. he is a VERY nice man though, and not bad on the eyes.
- He assigns a lot of reading but always follows it up with discussion. Reading not always necessary. His midterm is more detail oriented than expected. He likes political science. Some lessons relate to politics. It’s hard to get a read off of him. You don’t know if your comments were sufficient.
There is something seriously amiss with Democrat Tom Shields. His students that know him best can see this.