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Kumashiro defines common sense as ways of thinking that “reinforce certain ways of thinking, of identifying, and relating to others…” When in relation to the American education system Kumashiro notes that this common sense, while it can have good qualities, also includes “ways that comply with different forms of oppression (including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, colonialism, and other ‘isms’).” Yet common sense is not something that is static but instead it is something that is constantly moving. With the effort of educators society will be able to not only adapt to old ways of common sense but also create new ones that work in the favour of everyone. It is important to pay attention to common sense because common sense is something that is all around us. Whenever we act or see others acting, more often than not we take these actions for granted. Because this common sense is so ingrained into our society it is very hard to change them. As educators it is important that we start to see how the world works around us and its important that we try to break away from this routine and start finding different ways of action in order to become more accommodating to those that need it.

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