This week in my education class, we were asked to read and respond to a reading by Kevin K. Kumashiro titled “Against Common Sense”, chapter two “Preparing Teachers for Crisis: What it Means to Be a Student”. A few weeks ago, I talked about what “common sense” is and how it is different from culture to culture. In a Western culture a “good student” according to common sense accepts everything as it is and does not question anything. It is a traditional way of learning because the students take notes, do not ask questions that evoke original thought and are able to write a test with the facts learned from class. The way I can sum this up best is they do not march to the beat of their own drum!
Students are privileged by this definition that what I described above fits their personality. They will thrive in a classroom where the teachers know everything and have a traditional way of doing things. Students that this will have trouble doing well in this sort of classrooms are ones who think differently. Instead of going from A to B, they might to A to D to E to B, it still gets the right answer but they go about it a different way. Also, students who question things and do not take things at face value might struggle in a classroom environment described in this blog. Students from other cultures may have different ideas of what common sense is because of the way they are raised. Overall this was an interesting article and the ideas mentioned in this article is something teachers should keep in mind.