Common Sense?

For the first week of my ECS 210 class we were asked to write a blog post based on our thoughts about a part of a book titled, Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, written by Kevin Kumashiro.  At the beginning of the article, what Kumashiro defines common sense as what everyone should know.  Kumashiro uses his experiences in Nepal to demonstrate that common sense is different from culture to culture though.  There are things that he does which the people there think is wrong because it is not how they do it and there are different things he had an idea of what to do and it was not the same as the people living in Nepal.

In general, I think it is good for everyone to think about what common sense is for different people and different cultures.  For instance, if people go traveling to a different country they should realize that things they would consider to be ‘common sense’ might not be what that country considers common sense.  For myself though, I think common sense is important to think about because no matter where I teach, there are many different cultures in classrooms and every student has their own individual lifestyle so there are things that I might assume everyone knows because it is ‘common sense’ to me but it might not be the same for everyone.

Up until the lecture I attended last week I was did not really think about how different ‘common sense’ was from person to person.  I cannot stress how important this reading was for me because no good can come from me assuming things about people so this reading will help me in the future because then in a classroom I will make sure not to make assumptions about students ‘common sense’.