How Common-sense Shapes a “Good” Student

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to common-sense?

Common-sense shapes a “good” student as a student that everyone should try to be. These “good” students are people that show up for class and sit down at their desk and sit there quietly. A “good” student is someone who gets their work done quick, efficiently, and at their best of their abilities. A “good” student is someone that the teacher does not have to pay attention to because they behave in a way the teacher wants them to. A “good” student is a person that will raise their hand to speak. A “good” student is a person who portrays positivity throughout the classroom.

Which students are privileged  by this definition of the good student? 

The students that are able to sit quietly and still in their seats for long periods of time are privileged for this label of a “good” student. Students who are fidgety will struggle with this task. The students who are able to work fast and efficient are privileged for this label of a “good” student. Students who do not grasp the material quicker than the rest will have a hard time finishing assignments quickly and on time. The students that accept the fact that they think and learn based on the teachers are privileged.

What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these common-sense ideas?

These traits that are created by the common-sense of a “good” student make it impossible for students to express themselves. Students sitting at their desk and being quiet stops them from sharing there opinions during class. Students getting their work done quickly and almost perfectly applies a lot of pressure to students and applies unnecessary stress. Theses common-sense ideas create robots for the world to control. When I become a teacher I want the exact opposite of this. I want all my students to express their opinions and strive for their individuality.


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