A-Z of Ethical Communication in Education: J is for Judgement

Judgement is the gathering of information, the building of a narrative based on evidence and using those assumptions to form an opinion. Although assumptions are often riddled with bias, a person striving to be wise and compassionate will check thought processes for stereotyping or labelling.

In our current education system, many judgments are made.

  1. Communication The pace of learning environments means that many decisions need to be made quickly. The fast pace means many are often working from a place of ‘fight or flight’ rather than careful consideration. When the brain is in the more primitive state of ‘fight/flight,’ compassion and equanimity are harder to access and humans are more liable to be punitive or paranoid.
  • Performance The setting of goals and monitoring of progress in order to inform success is a crucial tool for informing individuals institutions how a person is getting on. However, when the parameters for these are
  • overly fixed, 
  • narrow 
  • not suitable for the person they are set for
  • given under pressure rather than freely negotiated 
  • too ambitious to be managed

the judgements made are skewed and therefore invalid.

  • Learning judgement is made appropriately when
  • the pace is reflective 
  • creative and playful 
  • it does not create hierarchy within the institution and throughout wider society
  • Its created enrichment for the individual and provides wider society with skilled people 
  • Is not used as a ‘passport’ for a Mcworkforce.

Judgment can be a beautiful tool that enables us to make wide, compassionate, ethical and moral decisions. 

Judgements we make might include whether we wish to collude with systems that:

* promote societal division 

* emphasise ‘workforce’ fodder over empowerment 

* promote disrespect, bullying and unethical behaviour.

What judgement do you think is being made in the photograph by Emir Kaan Okutan on Unsplash

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