Common Sense and how it changes

From the reading of Kumashiro’s (2009) The Problem of Common Sense I got to the conclusion that common sense is ever changing and is different in many cultures. Because people believe that everyone should know and follow a certain way of life and believe that everyone else knows to follow. Kumashiro’s (2009) words states that common sense is not what schools could be doing it is what schools should be doing. In reading Kumashiro’s work I now understand why it is important to pay attention to common sense wherever you are because that is the way people live and one needs to know all things that are common sense in order to live a proper life in that community. It is also important to know common sense because sometimes you have to think outside of the box and see ways that it may be able to improve and how you may do that. Another thing is that common sense does not tell us about the oppression that is happening in the schools. So as a teacher we have to make sure to try and stop oppression. This could be done by taking a stand in the four approaches talked about in this reading to deal with the types of oppression in the schools. I wonder how my part as a teacher will make an impact on the common sense or if I will just be following along?

Kumashiro. (2009). Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, pp. XXIX – XLI



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