The “Good” Student

According to the definition of common sense, the good student is the student who shows up everyday ready to learn. These students have previous knowledge that they learn at home. The good student also has supportive parents when it comes to their learning. This student sits quietly in class, has a good behaviour and only talks when called upon. This student follows all the rules.

Students who are privileged by this common sense would be students who have white privileges. These students are middle-class and have a mom and a dad who have a good relationship with their child. The “good” student is not a student of diversity.

This concept is impossible because I believe there is no such thing as a “good student.” There may be students in your class of different culture and different learning styles. There also will always be students who have behaviour problems that cannot be controlled. Teachers have to adjust to the student rather then the student adjusting to the teacher.



Educational Quote

“What matters today… is not how much students know, but what they can do with what they know”

-Tony Wagner

This quote represents the fact that we need students to pursue what they learn. They need to be able to enforce the concepts they learn in school. Many life skills are developed through education, therefore students need to acknowledge that. This quote also is limited because of standardized testing. For a test, students need to show what they learn. They need to memorize all the concepts and be able to repeat it on an exam. I do not believe that grades should be based on what students know, therefore I believe students need to show what they know.

Teachers need to be aware of their surroundings and be knowledgeable about what they teach. They need to teach students to understand concepts in many different ways. Many students have different learning styles, therefore teachers need to be more broad with the way they present material. This will allow students to have a deeper understanding and will help them find the true meaning of the content. They need to do something with the knowledge they are receiving from being in school.

Personal this quote means that education is key. It is important to reenforce the knowledge that you get in school. I believe that students should not prove what they know on  tests but show what they know and represent it in their everyday lives.

Tyler’s Ideology

Throughout my schooling in Alberta, I was faced with similar experiences as the Tyler rational. The teachers had to aim for certain goals in the curriculum that us as students had to meet. We had to meet these goals in preparation for our diploma exams. A diploma exam is a standardized test that is made by the government that all students in Alberta had to write at the same time and same day. These tests were not modified based on students needs. Students with learning differences needed to adjust to the tests, which was something that I experienced. We were taught to the test.

When learning about Tyler’s Efficiency Ideology many limitations were presented. Tyler’s theory is expecting a lot from students. He believes that students should all be changed the same way and nothing should be modified. I believe that it is impossible for students to learn one way and teachers to teach in one direction. Another reason was that no schools are the exact same. Some school systems are extremely diverse and take a different approach to curriculum.

From reading the article a few benefits to Tyler’s Ideology was that it is very repetitive. It is easy for students to go back to previous lessons to help them in the future. By repeating the outlines of the curriculum, it is easier for the teachers to adapt to the outcomes overtime and be prepared each year.

Problem of Common Sense

Kumashiro describes common sense as what teachers believe is the right way to approach tasks. He believes that we need to rethink common sense and challenge it to become successful as a teacher. It is important for teachers to pay attention to common sense because they need to challenge that perspective. Teachers need to question their norms and move out of their comfort zone. Teachers also need to be aware of oppression, they cannot believe that everything enforced in the curriculum is the right way to do things.