Blog #1 - How does Kumashiro define 'commonsense?' Why is it so important to pay attention to the 'commonsense'?
Kumashiro describes common sense as many different perspectives. Common sense often makes it easy to continue teaching and learning in ways that allow the oppression's already in play to continue to play out unchallenged in the schools and society. The insistence that we “use our common sense” is really an insistence that we view things as some in society have traditionally viewed things and want to continue viewing things. This idea was not expected to unravel and complicate out commonsensical views of education. Instead, common sense is not what should shape educational reform or curriculum design; it is what needs to be examined and challenged.