What is common sense?

How does Kumashiro define ‘common-sense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’?

Common sense is the ability to understand and judge things that all people do without questioning what you are doing. Kumashiro states that Common Sense is the insistence that we “use our common sense” is really an insistence that we view things as some in society have traditionally viewed things and want to continue viewing things. So Kumashiro is saying that when we are insisting we use our common sense when forming schools and more importantly our own classroom that we are continuing to privilege only certain practice, and groups of people. It is important to pay attention to common sense because common sense is not what should shape our educational reform or curriculum design, Kumashiro states it is what needs to be examined and challenged. It is very important to pay attention to the common sense because common sense is not universal like in Nepal. What we think is common sense here will not necessarily be common sense somewhere else. With that being said, we cannot let common sense rule how we do things because we can be marginalizing other people from different places with different back rounds.

Mikayla Lowes

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