ECS 210 Reading Response 6

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the common sense? Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student? What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?

According to the commonsense, a good student is defined as a student that is opposite than N and M and can conform to traditional learning styles. I think we often view a good student as someone who does all the readings, pays attention in class, doesn’t question the teacher, hands in their work on time and so on. By this definition, we are privileging the traditional learners and oppressing the nontraditional learners. For example, the “good student” is not normally seen as a student who posses questions against the teacher’s style of teaching. However, for some students, it helps them to learn if they have a fuller understanding and ask questions. Because of these commonsense ideas, it is impossible to see/understand/believe that any student who learns in a different way can be considered a “good student” when in reality the only difference is each individuals learning style.


One thought on “ECS 210 Reading Response 6

  1. waycottresponses says:

    I like how you mentioned by definition that any student with different learning styles can not be considered the good student. Since we are learning about this now as preservice teachers, how would you change your view of what a “good student” is? Would you still consider the students who are quiet and do their work without question good students also?


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