Initially, students were denied a chance to evaluate our teaching “because COVID.” Even though nobody lowered their tuition “because COVID,” their opinion on the quality of the product they were paying for suddenly stopped mattering “because COVID.”
When the fiction of canceling student evaluations of teaching became hard to maintain, the new excuse arose. It’s racist to let students evaluate our teaching. And not just now but in perpetuity. Why is it racist? Well, why is hiking racist? Or pumpkins? Because it’s convenient to say so.
As a result, we can confidently declare that students love our Zoom teaching but we never have to ask any actual students. It’s a nifty system.