Something we don’t Question

In the reading Against Common Sense I found a quote in which I would like to address: “ Furthermore, was this not the view of effective teaching upon which current proposals to reform schools were based, namely, that we reward those schools that can get their students to demonstrate such learning and punish those who do not?” This is something I have been thinking about lately in our culture and connecting the ways in which are curriculum is built and connecting it to the system we used when we had teachers in residential schools. Common sense is can be seen in the school when students do behaviours they learned and never questioned. For example: walking down a hallway on the right side and absolutely not on the left or lining up when leaving class. Even for teachers we expect the student to raise there hand just because it was a behaviour we learned we assume all student will know to do this! We need to be aware that there can be different common sense in different cultures as well maybe someone that is an immigrant walked in the left side of the hallway? We would probably think to ourself “what are you doing” or when someone budges in line, again “what are you doing”! These are not norms directly taught to us it’s the common sense that we learn from action in our community something we just do something we don’t question.

In relation to this a “good” student is a student you is privileged or a student who grew up accustomed to norms. A “good” student is one who doesn’t question common sense. Yet this is based on the values are curriculum and biases hold us too! It is possible to break away from the idea of what a “good” student should look, act and believe and instead beleieve everyone can be a good student if they are expanders of knowledge and critical thinkers with any subject brought towards them.


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