ECS 210

How does Kumashiro define common sense?

 

Kumashiro had a very unique experience that helped them analyze their thoughts about common sense. I believe that Kumashiro wanted to define common sense as being implied knowledge that a person acquires through their environment, their culture, and the ways in which they are brought up. Kumashiro also refers to common sense as “taken-for-granted perspectives” (p. xxxiii), which can be strange, unreasonable or oppressive for some. Additionally, Kumashiro encouraged the reader to consider how common sense is different among different groups of people, such as the differences in common sense that they experienced between the common sense of the people they met from Nepal and their own.

 

Why is it important to pay attention to common sense?

It is important to pay attention to common sense as it is dangerous to assume that our common sense is better or more right than others, as well as not everyone shares the same common sense and it is important to be cognisant of that. Kumashiro brings forward the idea of how common sense in the education system can be oppressive and dangerous. Not questioning the status quo of why things are done the way they are done can lead to no improvement being made for the future. Things can always improve, and I believe this is especially true in the education system; however, if we only stick to what is familiar or what is the “common sense” in the education world, then things will never improve.

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