How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense’. Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’?
Kumashiro defines commonsense as the facets of life that everyone takes for granted (pg. XXIX). Kumashiro goes into detail and describes an example of what commonsense. It is common sense that in America when it comes to eating food there is normally three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. One would think it is commonsense to think that there are 3 meals a day. When he was teaching in Nepal, he learned that the Nepali people only eat 2 meals a day and have a tea in the afternoon. One meal would be before 10 in the morning, tea would be around 1:00 in the afternoon and a supper at 6:00. To the Nepali people this is commonsense. There are many different commonsenses throughout the world. It is important that we do not become ignorant to the fact that there are other ideologies that other cultures view as commonsense. An example of this would be the fact that school starts in Nepal around mid-February. Whereas school in the United States and Canada starts in early September. It all depends on one’s viewpoint.