“Common Sense” Response

For my first post for my ECS 210 class, I was tasked with reading article from an American teachers perspective of what “common sense” means and implied not only in American schools, but experience this teacher had overseas in Nepal, where the school system is vastly different then what us as Canadians and the schools that Americans are use to.

The question being asked was what was Kumashiro definition of “common sense” is. From reading the article I found that he defined “common sense” as the fact that in America the common sense way of teaching is that we as teachers are tasked to do certain jobs or requirements in order for students to be successful, we are suppose to test, give homework and assignments and by testing and doing the homework and doing the assignments, you will “learn” whatever it is you as a student are suppose to be learning, you will succeed from doing the homework and test and all these assignments and at the end of it you will get a grade and that grade will reflect on the knowledge that you know form the class. For the most part growing up in Canada that is what we excepted as students going from grade to grade was this is the way to learn. I took away from this section of the article that us as teachers should not be okay with the “Common Sense” way of teaching and should look beyond that and find other ways to reach and teach our students. This also could branch off into every student learns differently which is true, and this could be one of the many reasons why it is important to pay attention to the “Common Sense”.

Which leads me into the last question, which is why is important to pay attention to the “common sense”, as I stated above it is important because everyone learns differently, but it is also important to pay attention to the “common sense” because the way schooling “should be” only targets one specific group of people. In todays times there many more groups of people that we as teachers need to reach and should be trying to reach.

There are different races, sexual orientations, languages, religion, disabilities, students who may be on the spectrum as well, which is very important to me because I work with several kids on the spectrum and I feel like that is a skill that all teachers need to have because odds are you will teach someone that is on the spectrum, but I won’t get into that right now. All these different groups of people in Kumashiro article aren’t reaching the full potential of there educational experience and that is why as teachers if we pay attention to the “Common Sense” we as teachers can help change that and make the educational experience acceptable and effective for all.

 

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One thought on ““Common Sense” Response

  1. I really like how you talk about how they way school “should be” is subjective. As someone who is an inclusive education minor, I completely agree with how you talk about how every teacher should know, to an extent, skills to teach students that may have disabilities (both visible and invisible). Sometimes when I’m in one of my EPSY classes, I think to myself “this is common sense, everyone should know this”, but the fact is that it isn’t common sense and that’s when you get those teachers that perhaps don’t know how to make their classes inclusive for different students. Those are classes that may only be necessary for those with inclusive ed minors or those going for the certificate, but are important and valuable to anyone going into this field. As a teacher, you could be faced with challenges you haven’t been prepared for and having a positive, adaptable attitude is important.

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