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.
- 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,
- 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.