Reading Response #3: Good Students, Bad Students and the Commonsense

1. What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense?

In common sense, a “good” student needs to: listen to and follow whatever the teachers say (everything the teachers teach is correct), finish assignments on times, get high marks on exams and report cards, behave in the “right way” and become the kind of student that teachers desired.


2. Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student?

In the article, M is the anti-example of being a “good student”, she is not patient and she likes to move around. Any students except M would be privileged by this definition of the good student because they are well shaped by what teachers taught them. Also, I think the students personalities which are suitable for behaving “good” and the students who like such way of teaching are privileged by this definition of the good student because, in their minds, teaching should be done in this traditional way and this is the most appropriate way to study in classrooms.


3. What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?

I think these common-sense ideas make us neglect an important point: the efficient way of teaching. If students only follow what the teachers teach in the classroom without thinking critically, how will the teachers get feedback from students and how will teachers know what students want to learn? Also, without proper classroom discussion, how will students learn from different perspectives? Communicating with students is an important part of schooling for teachers. I think teachers can provide a comfortable place for students and let students share their thoughts so that students will be more likely to be at school and enjoy their school life.

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