How Can Common Sense Hurt Students?

In chapter two of Against Common Sense, Kevin Kumashiro introduces us to two students: M and N. M was his pre-school student that didn't follow a lot of rules in the classroom. Of course, this was never intentional on M's part. When given restrictions on what the class had to do, M would rather do other things. …

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What’s Wrong With Being Neutral?

For this week, we were tasked to find a quote from an educational theorist and analyze it. I myself picked a quote from Paulo Freire: "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." I personally try to stay as involved as …

The Tyler Rationale

As a student, I became accustomed to the Tyler Rationale without being aware of its presence. It was established to ensure that all students reached the same goal after they finished a class. It uses "curriculum as an attempt to achieve certain ends." (Smith, 2) In theory, it makes sense. Students should gain a set …

Against Common Sense

In the chapter, Against Common Sense, by Kevin Kumashiro, Kumashiro mentions his time teaching in a school in Nepal. He notices some differences between Nepali and American classrooms quickly and is able to notice that those differences are considered "common sense" in both countries. A definition of common sense in the classroom given by Kumashiro is "common …