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Month: July 2020

Week two: History of Curriculum

Week two: History of Curriculum

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense? According to common sense, to be a good student is to meet the expectations the teacher has for their students. In our society, some expectations teachers have for their students are to follow directions, be good listeners, get along with others, complete their homework on time and well done and participate in class.  However, in other societies and cultures, the expectations to be a “good student” are…

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Week One: The Problem of Common Sense

Week One: The Problem of Common Sense

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’? Kumashiro defines common sense as the knowledge that everyone knows (or should know) in society. Some things that are considered ‘commonsense’ in our western world are; eating three meals a day and washing your hands after using the washroom. Kumashiro finds out quite quickly that ‘commonsense’ to the people of Nepal is not that obvious to her. She feels lost and overwhelmed in this…

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