ECS 210

A “good” student

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense? Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student? What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?

According to commonsenese, to be a “good student” means to be a student who is conforming to the ways in which the teacher and society prefers you to behave, think, and learn. A “good student” sits quietly and talks only when asked a question or invited to share their opinion (which is one opinion that is the “right” opinion). A good student learns by listening, and taking notes, and then regurgitating the information back to the teacher. The good student also tests well, does their homework, and is along for the ride. In this way, nothing will challenge the students, what their common sense is, and how they see the world. 

The students who are privileged with this definition of a good student, are students who are perhaps concrete thinkers, and students who learn best through sitting in one spot and listening and following along to the teacher. Additionally, students who are good at taking tests, and learn in the way the teacher wants them to learn will be privileged. 

Because of these commonsense ideas, students who see the big picture, who are inquisitive, and who like to challenge the “normal” will be disadvantaged. With the commonsense idea of a “good” student, there is no room for students to learn about important ideas and topics that are maybe uncomfortable and challenging to think about.

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