Week 4: What Does it Mean to be a “Good” Student?

Respond to the following prompt:

  • 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 common sense ideas?

I believe that according to the common sense, being a “good” student is being diligent, processing information that is given to us, and doing what is expected of us, and no less than that standard.

The students that are privileged by this notion of a “good” student are the students that are not inquisitive and do not want to learn through inquiry and self-education. Additionally, students who are armed with the tools in order to be successful and meet the expectations of them, are privileged by this notion (think students who are able to pay attention, and the ability to be at school and get their homework done on time).

What is made impossible to understand because of these common sense ideas is anything beyond the expectations that are placed upon us by our authoritarians.

One thought on “Week 4: What Does it Mean to be a “Good” Student?

  1. Lacy, I totally agree that the common sense definition of a good student is essentially a child that does what they are told. Students tend to follow this definition without even thinking, even in today`s schools because if they don`t they are subject to punishment.
    How can we as teacher`s change this mentality that students have? (Making it okay to ask questions in the classroom?
    How do we get students that aren`t inquisitive involved in the classroom?
    I like the use of authoritarian in your blog, it makes the power shift between students and teachers evident.

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