ECS 210

What it Means To Be A Student

Question: “What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense? Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student? What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?”

Commonsense is defined when a group of people that share a similar belief system and where they perceive practices and their basic knowledge as the norm. If a student was considered to be good, or hardworking then they will adhere to the commonsensical expectations that are set in place by the teacher. The student will also complete each assignment, or lesson without any “issues.”

In our society, the students who would be considered privileged, or would be considered most likely to be a “good” student would be everyone who is not considered a minority. If the school was located in an urban area that is apart of Saskatchewan, then the students who would most likely be considered a “good” student would be white individuals. Commonsense would lead people to believe that those who are privileged in this scenario would be a white, straight male, or female that comes from a middle, or high class family.

One idea that I believe is impossible for educators to see is that students from other ethnicities may learn differently. For instance, in the past Aboriginal people in Canada learned from hands-on work, or through story telling that came from their elders, or parents. Once educator’s have formed and molded ideas into being commonsense, it is very difficult for them to change the notion of what education is, the purpose of education and how students should be educated. Is sitting in a traditional, passive classroom the most effective way for students to learn? No, the most effective way varies for each student, their culture and their individual trait, personality and preferences.

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