Kumashiro defines common sense as a typical way of thinking about certain things. Whether it’s from the way we are supposed to be teaching, or everyday tasks that are supposed to be common knowledge usually leading to continued oppression of one or more groups of people.
Being aware of the role of common sense is very important not only in everyday life but in the role of a teacher because it means we are doing more than we “should” be doing. By being aware of common sense knowledge we can learn to expand our knowledge beyond the common sense and try to help expand our students knowledge further as well. By doing this we are taking our selves out of our comfort zone and giving us even a bit of empathy and understanding toward those who might lack the common knowledge. Being aware also helps break the oppressive ways we learn and teach.