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ECS 210- What is a “Good” Student?

The article “Preparing Teachers For Crisis: A Sample Lesson” focuses on how people separate students into categories of “good” or “bad”. This judgment is based off of the commonsense students are expected to go into the class with. Relating this text to Katia and Mike’s lecture, commonsense is one of the biggest problems that affect the way a teacher could view a student. In this segment of Kumashiro’s work, a “good” student is often defined by the expectations the society normative. A “good” student is one that arrives early to class, with all of the materials they need, homework completed and the ability to sit quietly and take information in. These things are based off of the common knowledge in the society. 

Students that are privileged by this definition would be children that don’t have learning disabilities, behavioral issues, physical disabilities and so much more. A “good” student must be an individual that is able to sit still, listen and work independently. 

With these ideas, it is impossible to see a student with any sort of “disadvantage” as a good student. Commonsense makes it impossible to create one solid definition or standard that would mark what a “good” student is.

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  1. Allison, I couldn’t agree more with your view of the students who are provileged by the definition of a “good” student based on the commonsensical idea portrayed by Kumashiro.

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