Blog Post #1: Common Sense

The reading for this week makes us think about common sense; what it is, how it affects us as learners and educators, and why we need to pay attention to it. Common sense affects our daily lives even when we do not realize it. Within the reading, Kumashiro talks about common sense as a common knowing, or something everyone should know. Just like Kumashiro experienced, common sense is vastly different in different places; what us in Canada might see as common sense may be completely new to someone from a foreign country like Nepal. This idea of common sense is heavily influenced by our society. Many people have a specific routine that they follow daily which is usually based off of our society and what is accessible to us. Through these routines that we have become accustomed to, we find that we have knowledge that comes naturally to us. This knowledge leads to the thinking that because something is “common” to us it must be for others as well, which is not usually the case.

Since common sense is so different to everyone how can we categorize it as common? Short answer is that we can’t and that is the problem. Common sense gets played off in our school system as one generic thing that everyone already has knowledge and background in and that is almost never the case. We need to disrupt this narrative that common sense is the same and is shared among everyone. While common sense is something that might make us feel comfortable in our everyday lives, us as educators need to be comfortable being uncomfortable. This can start by us disrupting the normative narrative that everyone has the same background of knowledge.

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