Kumashiro defines common sense as things that everyone should know (Kumashiro XXIX). He talks about his experience in Nepal and how everything there was different than how he was custom to living. For example, he talked about how he was used to eating three meals a day, but he learned that they serve only two meals at 10:00am and 5:00pm. For us, eating three meals a day seems like common sense to us, but in other parts of the world that would not be common. Common sense primarily focuses on where you live, your religion, and different customs around the world. Kumashiro mentions that his way of teaching did not match the ways of teaching in Nepal and was asked by his students to not to spend time on work that was not in the textbook and told to follow the sequence of what they were “supposed to do” (XXXI). He believed that it “seemed that students and faculty already had clear ideas about what it meant to teach and learn, and that his attempts to teach differently simply did not make sense” (XXXI). I think this relates to education today because even as students in the university, we’re used to the ways we’re taught and how a course is run and we’re reluctant to be taught a different way because to us, the way teachers have taught us is common sense at the U of R. However, our job as future educators is to challenge the common sense and try new innovative ways as knowing because education is always evolving. Kumashiro believes “learning different methods is essential to improving as a teacher” (XXXII). In our own classrooms in the future we will have students from different countries, backgrounds, customs, and religions that will believe different learnings and teachings are “common sense”. It is important to pay attention to common sense because sometimes, common sense isn’t so common so it is our job to teach and learn about different practices that can be considered common sense by a variety of people.

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