Reflection #2 – Commonsense in Definitions of Curriculum

Where do you see commonsense at work in the definitions? Especially in the first link, list some of the ways that commonsense might be connected to how we can define curriculum.

Formal, that which is written and planned, is the easiest type of curriculum to site when defining what curriculum is.  However, commonsense shapes what makes up the formal curriculum. Commonsense filters what should and shouldn’t be taught in school.  With formal curriculum being the mainstream idea of what all curriculum is, a lot of knowledge not gained from the written and planned curriculum is left out. If formal curriculum makes up all curriculum there would be a lot that isn’t being learned. Commonsense gives precedence to formal curriculum because it has become common knowledge that what is learned in school is planned and can be found written down in textbooks and binders. What’s not being talked about in curriculum is telling students a dominant narrative bound in commonsense.


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