Evaluations as moral judgements

It is likely that when we evaluate how well someone is performing, we also make a moral judgement from where they are, socially and economically. That someone from a poor background is judged as if they were somehow to blame for their background.

This is one of the many reasons that standardised tests, aptitude tests and other attempts at objective evaluations are necessary as we want to select those with the greatest abilities. Otherwise, it’s just corruption in disguise.

[…] when comparing students who earned the same results on a cognitive test, teachers judged poorer students as less capable. Again, this suggests that relying on subjective evaluations does more harm to poor students than relying on the more objective measure of test scores.
— Rob Henderson, “Don’t End Aptitude Tests











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