Week One Reading Response: September 10th & 12th
Question: How does Kumashiro define ‘common sense’.
I think that Kumashiro defines ‘common sense’ as embedded values, priorities, and ideology established through perspectives. As a direct quote from Kumashiro’s book, “Common sense often makes it easy to continue teaching and learning in ways that allow the oppressions already in play to continue to play out unchallenged in our schools and society.” (Kumashiro, 2004, p. XXIV)
Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’?
It is important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’ because there may be other values, priorities, and ideas outside of one’s comfortably established common sense or perspective that are not easy to identify. We can learn from critically examining our own common sense and by exploring outside it.