What is Common Sense?

Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice – Kevin Kumashiro

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

He defines common sense as something we should know but is “considered to be consistent with the purposes of schooling”. Something that is engrained in our life’s that comes as “second nature” too us, requires little to no thinking. When something questions our common sense people can get defensive and on edge because that is not how things are done or how they know so it questions their own thinking on their own decisions. Am I doing this right? Why are you doing it like that? Those are the questions that we would ask ourselves when our thought or every day lives are challenged. It is important to pay attention to the common sense because as educators all of our students will have different terms for their own common sense and we don’t want to deteriorate their of thoughts by saying that their views in a certain area are wrong.


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