“Good” Student

Commonsense is something that is culturally constructed to maintain or set a level of expectation within a community. To be a “good” student would mean that this particular student uses this culturally constructed ideas of commonsense as guide to his or her own life. In short, a “good” student follows the rules, doesn’t challenge, and remains in the norm at all times. The problem with this is that because this commonsense is culturally created, it can be assumed that it would favor one specific socioeconomic background, race, gender, etc. These commonsense ideas deflate the importance of a diverse community. It truly does take all kinds to make the world go around, so why do should we look to this commonsense to guide us? In history the world changers are almost always rule breakers, they challenge the norms and break through a better world for all.

So what does it mean to be a good student? I believe to be a good student we first need to look at the teachers. For example, what does the teacher facilitate? Do they challenge their students? do they advocate for their students? Sure, some students may need extra attention in the behavioral front or maybe they struggle in a particular subject. Whichever way you put it, I simply cannot say there is such thing as a bad student (short of not putting any effort in and acting as if the world will just hand them the things that they want in life). A good student needs opportunities to challenge the norm, to learn in different ways, to be exposed to new ways of thinking. No two students are the same, so lets not trap them in this box that is commonsense.


One thought on ““Good” Student

  1. I like how you broaden the idea of a good student to more than just “good at school/gets good marks.” When you say, “A good student needs opportunities to challenge the norm, to learn in different ways, to be exposed to new ways of thinking,” it includes students who bring an intense curiosity to school but may not be intellectually satisfied with the ‘normal’ ways of teaching and learning.


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