Common Sense

Kumashiro views common sense to be as what should be known rather than what could be known in a society. He views it as what is “normal” to a certain society and that different groups of people around the world will have a different idea as to what constitutes as common sense. An idea of something being common sense may seem completely wrong from one society to another.

It is important to pay attention to common sense because of the fact that it differs across societies. This can create confusion between teachers and students, especially if they are not from our “immediate” society. Because we are so used to our specific norms, it makes it difficult for us to try new things and consider the fact that there may be other ways to doing things. “Changing things up” could also create problems as people in our society may think that you are doing things all wrong.

Common sense no longer seems like common sense to me anymore. It seems like there is more behind it that needs to be learned… even if it’s all just something we should know.

Kumashiro,K.K. (2009). Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice. New York, NY: Routledge.

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