In the text, Kumashiro gives a few examples and definitions as to what common sense is and the impact it has on our daily lives. In general, Kumashiro explains that common sense is what is considered ‘normal’ to a society or group of people. On the first page of the excerpt, the author states that common sense is something that everyone knows without it being explained to them. It is the idea of practices and beliefs in society that we feel the need to obey without question or reasoning. This is a very confusing concept to follow, as it can lead to very dangerous consequences.
In societies all over the world ‘common sense’ is heavily relied on because that’s the ‘traditional’ way of thinking and “the way it’s always been”. Towards the end of the segment Kumashiro writes “Common sense often makes it easy to continue teaching and learning in ways that allow oppression already in play to continue to play out unchallenged in our schools and society”. This brings negative practices into education, and makes it hard to take them away as they become ‘normal’. For example, something that we take as common sense can be oppressive to a group of people. Therefore, as teachers, we need to analyze every aspect we are bringing into the classroom and break it down to support every child.
Every person all over the globe has their own definition of what commonsense is. Common sense can be looked at as a positive thing because it can help keep a run smoothly. For example: which side to walk on in the hall, which side of the street to drive on, or something as simple as knowing that touching something hot will burn. Although these things help and make sense, common sense can also be a very negative thing. Negative habits become very hard to break when a whole nation is stressing that people do things a certain way. An example that Katia used in our lecture was when a teacher asks for some ‘strong boys’ to help do something. Something as simple as that oppresses the other genders because it seems like they aren’t capable or strong enough to help. If societies were to dissect and analyze what role common sense played, it could open up a lot of positive opportunities and growth.