Common sense reflection

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


Kumashiro defines Common sense as “what everyone should know”  the concept of common sense is a social construct and is only common to the people that live in that area or region. Kumashiro found this out after his first few days in Nepal because they do many different things there than what is done in the US, this stuff was common sense to the locals but something he had to learn.  


The importance of paying attention to common sense is that when you live in an area or region for too long you begin to see common sense as normal and as something that cannot change or be examined.  The longer you use common sense the harder it is to look at practices with a critical eye. It is also important to look at what we see as common sense with a critical eye in order to improve our school systems and learn to question why we do things the way we do and why our common sense controls our lives and what is acceptable. 


The bottom line is that common sense is good and is necessary but also needs to be put under the microscope so that our ways of living can be properly examined and changes can be made. 

3 thoughts on “Common sense reflection”

  1. I think you’ve done a great job of summarizing Kumashiro’s article. I particularly appreciate the emphasis you’ve placed on putting “common sense” under critical scrutiny in order to view the world around us effectively.


  2. Great summary of the article I agree with what you said about staying in a place to long that things start to just seem normal to you, I moved to Regina last year and I’ve found a lot of little things different that was common sense to me in Calgary.


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