Emily Columpsi

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery" -Mark Van Doren

‘Against Common Sense’–Reading #1

Common sense can be defined as the comfortable expectations and behaviours that seem normal to a specific group or culture. However, what may seem like common sense to one person may not necessarily be common sense to someone else.  As a result, common sense is overlooked since people do not take the time to think about it critically. When we make the comment of “that’s common sense” it is important for us to ask ourselves, well according to who? If we do not do this common sense remains unchallenged and unquestioned, and thus it becomes harder for people to go beyond it. Having said that, I agree with Kumashiro. It is important for all of us to challenge common sense so that we can live in a socially-just society. Society is changing everyday, thus our ideas about common sense should as well.


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