The Problem of Common Sense Response

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’?

Kumashiro defines “common sense” as the idea that people “understand the way things are supposed to be, not the way they could be.” It is the values and beliefs that people are taught at a young age and are supposed to stick to those values and beliefs and if someone doesn’t know what those are they don’t have “common sense”. Common Sense is also described as “the unspoken expectations and assumptions of a society”.

It is important to pay attention to common sense because it is important to understand how other people in different countries are taught and what they believe in. Everyone’s idea of common sense is different than someone else’s so it is important to know that and to know that if someone doesn’t have your idea of common sense that doesn’t mean they are stupid or naive, they just have a different understanding of common sense. 

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