By Curt Finch MOISD Superintendent The internet has brought in an additional platform allowing one to dispense opinions to others by\u00a0commenting anonymously. Online and traditional commerce originally thought by allowing their users\u00a0to comment, rate their service or have constructive dialog to solve a common problem, it would be\u00a0helpful for business and maybe even the common good. What started out as a constructive idea has\u00a0morphed into a potentially volatile one when anonymity was introduced; accountability was instantly\u00a0eliminated. In the education world, from kindergarten through college, there are places to gather student, staff and\u00a0community input to monitor levels of service and qualities of product. The MOISD does surveys every\u00a0couple of years to obtain feedback to assist goal formation and weigh progress on initiatives. Most\u00a0educational institutions do student surveys to receive feedback on instructors; Rate My\u00a0Teacher\/Professor are widely used throughout the world as an online community-comment tool. There is great debate within legislative, K-12 boards of education, university boards of trustees and\u00a0administrative circles on whether to actually use anonymous student input into a\u00a0teacher\/professor\u2019s evaluation. This is where the issue can become difficult to dissect correctly; how\u00a0much do you weigh student input? What is the best grade to start gathering student input on the\u00a0effectiveness of an instructor? Will students rate their "tougher" instructors more negatively, thus\u00a0jeopardizing the future career of that instructor? Will students make brash statements to get rid of their\u00a0instructors who disagree philosophically, educationally or religiously? Unfortunately, if they are allowed\u00a0to do it anonymously, human nature, history and recent research data says, "yes."\u00a0Yik Yak, one of the many online tools used by students to remain anonymous, is currently impacting the\u00a0University of Missouri enough to facilitate the cancellation of classes, the resignation of leadership and\u00a0an increase in minority student fear on campus. The organization of a "mob" mentality via social media\u00a0is becoming a preferred method of creating "change," usually anonymously. These types of tools can be\u00a0used to intimidate, harass, and bully people\u00a0\u2014\u00a0all under the guise of doing good. A whole computer\u00a0hacking underground society, ironically called "Anonymous," has been wreaking havoc upon\u00a0corporations, governments and common citizens around the world under the banner of "moral\u00a0relativism"since 2003. Many students have committed suicide because of the impact of anonymous\u00a0harassment; cyber bullying is at epidemic proportions and the adults may be worse than the kids. Just\u00a0open a Facebook account! The concept of anonymous feedback being good for society may be losing steam. The good news is that\u00a0more and more groups, schools, universities and businesses are removing their comment boards and\u00a0limiting the impact of anonymous survey feedback data as it has morphed into places for intolerance,\u00a0discrimination, negativity, bullying and hate speech. Administrators, boards and business owners\u00a0should be very careful about making decisions from anonymous survey\/social media feedback sources;\u00a0Anonymous is only valuable when protecting someone\u2019s safety; if used improperly, it can be a very\u00a0dangerous tool. Dr. Finch can be reached at email@example.com.