Common Sense Response

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

Kumashiro defines “common sense” in a very perplexing way. The way I understood, he defines “common sense” as a traditional societal pre-conceived notions of the way society, education and life work. Kumashiro works the idea of common sense as, “[it] does not tell us that this is what schools could be doing; it tells us that this and only this is what schools should be doing” (Kumashiro, xxxiv, 2009). Common sense is viewed as hurting peoples way of seeing things through their own perception. This quote pertains to how Kumashiro views common sense and what it is to question things we have been told.
Common sense is based on tradition, religion, nature, nurture, life, family, experiences and all things whole in our life, hence why it is so difficult to see past or to get rid of.

I believe it is so important to dive into and pay attention to common sense because it shapes how we see the world in front of us. We must pay attention to common sense because it is in our every day, the way we teach, the way we learn, listen, talk to one another. In our students it can come as way of helping or hurting their learning, as well as the others around them. However I do feel as if common sense can be beneficial in ways to contribute to learning as well. It can be used to assess where your learners are and understand where they may need to helped, or filled in. Common sense is all around us, how can it help us?

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