Within this text, race is used to describe people from different countries and ALL aspects of their lives. The generalizations and stereotypes within this text are very disturbing. If this was a text meant to teach teachers it definitely would not fly in Canada today, I am sure. If this is what teachers were required to read and, more importantly, believe they would be marginalizing all of these people from these different countries and backgrounds. The text refers to the West quite often and in every case makes the beliefs and teaching styles or subjects seem superior to all others. You would believe that this was the proper way to teach and anything else would not be the “norm”. The effects would be to change people to try to make them believe what the teachers believe and think of us in the West being better and more civilized than others countries. Students would definitely not flourish under the instruction of teachers with these mindsets.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Kumashiro defines common sense as information we all should know. He says that it is not universal but changes throughout different contexts. He states that it is they way we think things should be or the “norm”. If we think about the way teachers teach and schools are organized in Canada we will all come up with the same sorts of ideas.
The importance of paying attention to common sense is as to not allow it to be oppressive to those we are teaching. Some of the practices we see in schools can be oppressive and marginalize individuals, we need to be aware of these common-sensical or “norm” practices and we need to examine and challenge them.