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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?

When one talks about a good student they usually think of the ideal student created by hollywood
. The one that does not talk out of line, that brings the teacher an apple at the beginning of class
(which has been replaced by tims now), the one that sits still and raises their hand when asking a
question, and the one that gets the best grades in the class. This definition praises those that are
better in social situations, especially when it is in a classroom, and it praises those that are more
orderly as opposed to those that are more outgoing than others. This kind of thinking backfires
however when looking at education as a whole. When looking at students who excel in the
classroom, and by looking at them solely as a student and not as an individual,
teachers not only ignore other students that are not doing as well, but also ignore the students
that are considered high achieving. How often do we as university students hear of the
highschool student that got nothing but 90’s in their classes and as soon as they head to
university they begin to slip and preform not nearly as well as they used to.  These issues
become invisible because we look at the student just as a student and not as an individual.
By focusing on the issues of a student instead of the individual some students will fall through
the cracks. This also makes it impossible for the teacher to be able to identify who are good
students in their class because they already have a preconceived notion of what a good student
is meant to be. Just because a student is not able to fit the definition that things like hollywood
and society have created, it does not mean that they are bad students, it just means that they act
differently than others. Hopefully as a society we will become more educated on what actually
makes a good student so that schools are able to become better as a whole in the future.


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