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How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’

            Kumashiro defines common sense as something or things that everybody should know. Kumashiro also says that common sense in a traditional sense is presented as a way of being neutral. But being neutral can often perpetuate systems of oppression and privilege. Kumashiro talks about how the insistence that we use common sense is actually an insistence that we see things society has traditionally viewed things and that we should keep viewing things in a traditional way. This way of seeing things means that common sense does not mean the unbiased standard of society, but rather as a tool to keep the status quo.


Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’?

            I think it is important that we pay attention to common sense because as society changes our understanding and ideas of what common sense are may change. Often when common sense is being used as a tool of oppression it is because the idea of common sense in this situation is that one group or another is seen as inferior. This creates a group mentality and beliefs that see this as true; a good example of this is segregation in the United States. The United States and even Canada saw African American people as an inferior people and should not receive the same rights as white people. It was commonly believed that African Americans were inferior that became common sense at the time. That is why it is important t that we as a society pay attention to common sense because if we do not then biased, racist and untrue ideas are assimilated into our way of thinking.

To me common sense means the ways in which you should behave and treat others. To me it should be common sense that you do not salute Adolf Hitler in a public park or ever in fact, but to some people that is just not common sense ( I was always taught treat others how you would like to be treated. So when I am making decisions I always keep in mind the effect I am going to have on others and will it affect people in a negative way or positive way.


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