Kumashiro defines ‘common sense’ as something everyone should know, such as the facets of life of the people in Nepal. Or the lecture-practice-exam approach teaching that became ingrained in the practices of Nepal’s schools. He says that common sense limits what is considered to be consistent with the purposes of schooling. It tells us this and only this is what schools should be doing.
It is important to pay attention to ‘common sense,’ because it is not what should shape educational reform or curriculum design; it is what needs to be examined and challenged. It is also important to pay attention to common sense because it can often make it easy for us as teachers to teach in a way that could be deemed oppressive, because we are viewing topics the way an entire society would view something, rather than in a way that would promote the development and success of our students.