Is There Such a Thing as a Good or Bad Student?

  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?   While reading this excerpt from Kumashiro's article I found many similarities between Kumashiro's experiences and my own. To … Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as a Good or Bad Student?

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Taking a Look at Reconciliation through Curriculum

This week, I began making headway on my first assignment for ECS 210 by looking at the topic of reconciliation through the curriculum. I began this inquiry by reading the article, "A de/colonizing theory of truth and reconciliation education" by Brooke Madden, an "Assistant Professor within the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program and the Department of … Continue reading Taking a Look at Reconciliation through Curriculum

Response to Smith’s “Curriculum Theory and Practice”

In his article, Smith describes curriculum as "a body of knowledge to be transmitted, . . . an attempt to achieve certain ends in students -- product, . . . process, . . . [and] praxis" (Smith, 2). In his article, Smith explains that this "body of knowledge to be transmitted" is done so through … Continue reading Response to Smith’s “Curriculum Theory and Practice”

Response to Kumashiro’s “The Problem of Common Sense”

Kumashiro defines common sense as information that "everyone should know" about anything in life. He describes that while in Nepal he learned that what he believed to be common sense learned during his upbringing in the United States was deeply contrasted by what was common sense in the Nepali village he lived and worked in. … Continue reading Response to Kumashiro’s “The Problem of Common Sense”