Post #2 – The “Good Student”
Posted On 07/21/2020
In Kumashiros’s, “Preparing Teachers for Crisis: A Sample Lesson” a good student according to commonsense is one who follows direction and does not ask questions rather, they just do what they are instructed. It is a student who is complacent with the flow of the classroom and is able to sit still and focus on learning by setting aside distractions. A good student, according to commonsense, is one that fits the mold of what a good learner ‘should’ be and is one who follows instructions precisely how they are given. Commonsense learning is about doing everything they as students “are supposed to do.”
The students who are privileged by this definition
are those that fit this mold of the “good student” seamlessly. It is the students
who think how teachers expect them to think and act how the teachers require them
to act. It does not account for students who think or process material differently
and it allows for little creativity or autonomy in learning. The students who
learn well in a traditional school settings benefit from this type of education
while those who differ in learning requirements fall to the detriments of this
oppressive approach. The “good student” is a label for those who are able to
adapt to the teaching methods they are exposed to and generalizes what every
student should strive to be like. It is a term that tries to fit a unique being
into the confinements of a uniform box.
The “good” student has been shaped by historical factors in the sense that what is expected of students is predominantly based on past expectations associated with cultural traditions and values. Painter (1886) also identifies how religion influences the criteria for what constitutes a “good” student in certain cultures. These perspectives are often deeply rooted into the culture and as such are very difficult to change. This is especially evident in cultures where change is looked down upon. It is clear that change regarding what the “good” student looks like finds its biggest barriers in culturally developed acceptance and definition.