Mindful Learning, Good. How About Mindful Decision Making?

Education happens everywhere and it is an important element if not the most the most important one in an individual professional and socio-economic growth nowadays.  And it is all about learning and teaching meant to transfer knowledge and skills. Mindful learning as described in contrast to mindless learning by Ellen J. Langer in Mindful Learning is a perfect tool to overcome challenges and hurdles. I think it would be great if mindful learning was applicable everywhere in all circumstances as “being mindful leads us to greater sensitivity to context and perspective, and ultimately to greater control over our lives” as stated by the same author.  To my point of view, “standardizing” this way of learning would not only lead to good learning outcome but would as well make life easier for certain groups of people. For instance, some people mostly minorities who not only can undergo inadequate learning approaches or experience calls the seven pervasive myths in “The power of mindful learning” as anybody else, they can also be victims of stereotypes. And these in addition to being limiting factors on students’ performance at school also affect their evolution within the communities in which they evolve and society in general.

I have put standardizing in quote because I do not think that it is feasible and my thought is based on reasons such as those given by Sir Ken Robinson in the TED video “How to escape education’s Death Valley” while talking about countries (Australia Canada, etc) that did have a good education system compared to America. He said: “They individualize teaching and learning; they attribute a very high status to the teaching profession; they devolve responsibility to the school level for getting the job done. While all is happening in those countries, according to him “One of the culture here (meaning America) has been to de-professionalized teachers.

I was surprised by this fact because even though I did not know that much about American education system. If this was said in regards to some countries which organize conferences and other evens to improve their education system or bring some changes while the situation is not evolving at all I would not have the same reaction.  But life is a continual learning we always learn from what we do.

What countries who are left behind in term of good education system can do to fix their problems I think will not only be applying or encouraging mindful learning at school level but at the upper level as well where most of the important decisions are made there is a need for “mindful decision making” if it is correct to say it that way. Maybe that will help avoid the establishment of mind-sets that lead to neglecting the main actors of a given sector while making decisions. This delays advancements.

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7 thoughts on “Mindful Learning, Good. How About Mindful Decision Making?”

  1. Hi,
    I think mindless learning is important as well as mindful learning. It is sometimes inefficient to learn all the knowledge through mindful learning. For example, when we learn about work at the first job, there is a company’s own system and we can be more efficient at accepting the system through mindless learning. Of course, mindful learning is needed to show creativity in the system. But mindful learning sometimes takes a long time because there is no fixed frame. Patience people will wait for that time, but not always. I think that choosing between mindful learning and mindless learning is part of the mindful decision you mentioned.

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    1. Yea! you got it right by saying that “mindful learning sometimes takes a long time because there is no fixed frame.” I wonder how tests and exams will be designed to evaluate students. Based on what they will be evaluated if they only focus in the present and ignore what is around them. Yes, I agree with you considering both mindful and mindless is mindful decision making

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  2. You bring up some interesting points Oumou! Stereotyping can definitely hinder someone’s learning, through a myriad of paths. As current and future educators, we need to ensure that we do not let our own subconscious biases affect the ways in which we interact with our students and the time we give to each of them individually. I also think that if teaching in a mindful learning context becomes more commonplace, we will see more mindful decision making as a result. Thanks for your post!

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    1. Hey Jackson I really appreciate you reading my blogs. Your contributions are always interesting. I think you are right; mindful teaching context can impact decision making in the future. That is a good point. Thank you.

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  3. Hello!

    I really liked your application of mindful learning and how it applies to various educational systems in different areas and cultures. I like the concept of mindful decision making as well- after all, I think we could all use a little bit more mindfulness in all aspects of life. I agree with your point that we are always learning in life, and learning from our new experiences. Nice post!

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    1. Hello DeChristopher
      Thanks for your great contribution. I agree a hundred percent with that “we could all use a little bit more mindfulness in all aspects of life”. That is what we all are doing every single day. We cannot ovoid to do that. I know mindless is more helpful than the way education is being done in many areas of the world but even in places more engaged in mindful learning people cannot start from zero and try to recreate something. Students need initiation before being exposed to tools and whatever for creation and inventions.

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  4. I really like your idea, specially on how mindful learning can be used to help and positively affect the minorities as well as the countries who’s education systems are lagged behind. However, often time improving a countries educational systems are constrained my financial conditions and policy issues. What’s your thought and suggestion would be on that?

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