How does Kumashiro define ‘common sense’?

The dictionary defines the term common sense as “a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things, which is shared by (“common to”) nearly all people and can reasonably be expected of nearly all people without any need for debate.” From culture to culture, common sense varies and is subjective. While reading Dr. Kumashiro draw on his own fascinating educational experiences in Nepal as a new teacher, it was evident how quickly he learned how his Americanized idea of common sense differed from Nepali common sense. Throughout reading, I began to piece together that Kumashiro was challenging the term of what common sense means and how it differs from diverse places, cultures, and ideologies.

Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’?

It is important to pay attention to ‘common sense’ because it differs from person to person, culture to culture, religion to religion, etc. What may be common sense to one may not be common sense to others. We begin to become accustomed to what is considered “normal” without realizing that it can hold us back. It is important to understand that there are other ways other than “ours”. Many people stick with tradition and comfort that has lasted throughout the years without being willing to try new ideas and new teaching methods that can expand what it means to learn. it is important to realize that change is okay and exploring what it meant to be different can open new ideas and methods. The sooner us as educators realize that this common sense is hiding the flaws of our school systems, the sooner we can make change. No more raising your hand if you want to speak. I believe it is time that students should be encouraged to speak in class and participate in what is being taught.