How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense’. Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’?

Kumashiro defines commonsense as the facets of life that everyone takes for granted (pg. XXIX).  Kumashiro goes into detail and describes an example of what commonsense.  It is common sense that in America when it comes to eating food there is normally three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner.  One would think it is commonsense to think that there are 3 meals a day.  When he was teaching in Nepal, he learned that the Nepali people only eat 2 meals a day and have a tea in the afternoon.  One meal would be before 10 in the morning, tea would be around 1:00 in the afternoon and a supper at 6:00.  To the Nepali people this is commonsense.  There are many different commonsenses throughout the world.  It is important that we do not become ignorant to the fact that there are other ideologies that other cultures view as commonsense.  An example of this would be the fact that school starts in Nepal around mid-February.  Whereas school in the United States and Canada starts in early September.  It all depends on one’s viewpoint.

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    What parts of common sense in schooling today do you think we should keep? Are there any common sense aspects of the school system that you think we should change?

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    I think that we have to teach our students that our way is not the universal way, as teachers ourselves we have to expand our knowledge and try to not be ignorant of others cultures “common sense” while teaching. In other words, I do not have a problem with teaching our culture’s common sense, as long as we recognize and acknowledge other groups and cultures’ views and teach those as well.

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