Emily Columpsi

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

Common Sense and the Curriculum

It became very evident today, after the lecture, that common sense is everywhere. In the school setting, for instance, common sense is correlated with the everyday curriculum; those ideas, subjects and beliefs that are both formally and informally taught.  As teachers, I think that it is important to critically think about and even analyze where common sense shows up in everyday teachings. If teachers do this, there is the potential for anti-oppresive education, as everyone’s opinions, beliefs, and ideas, their overall common sense, would be acknowledged and therefore supported. This in turn would create and foster safe environments for the students, in which positive relationships can be formed resulting then in a curriculum that, hopefully, can be easily translated and grasped by all students.

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