How does Kumashiro define common sense and why is it so important?
Kumashiro defines common sense as education through familiarity and personal experience; a simple, yet practical theory. Kumashiro also defines common sense as things that we have come to know as the “norm”- just typical things that typical people do every day. Why? Because it’s common sense. That being said, it’s the thing that everybody does, therefore, it should all be the same. Therefore, when it comes to education, Kumashiro says that common sense in this aspect is no different as all schooling should be the same. Kumashiro argues that this ideology doesn’t explain what schools COULD be doing, but rather, what they SHOULD be doing. This demonstrates the idea that things that are considered “common sense” is just expected by all teachers even though not all students may not have the same understanding of “common sense” as they do.
Assuming every student has the “same” level of common sense is a bold move and is therefore why it is so important to consider. Students are and can be raised in very different environments, and what one student learns at home may not be what another student learns. Common sense is not something that is purely taught at school, so despite many students having the same teachers and learning their ways of common sense, students will still go home and experience different lives and that is why it is so important to consider problems such as these within common sense. Part of our job as teachers is to ensure each of our students experiences the same opportunities, and that will not ever happen if we belittle a student because they asked if the teacher prefers black or blue pen.