What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense?
The commonsense “good” student seems complex, but it really comes down to being impossible. Perfect grades, perfect attendance, volunteer work in and outside school, a good group of friends, outspoken and motivated, valedictorian material, kind and giving, environmentally oriented, and so on. The list is endless and, as I said, impossible. There is no balance and something has to suffer as a result, whether that’s a piece of the students grades, their friendships and social life, or their mental health behind the scenes.
Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student?
I would go so far as to say that no students are really privileged by this definition. There is a certain level of pressure put onto a child that demonstrates they have the potential to be a good student. The pressure to get good grades and perform well as set by parents, teachers, and other role models. While a student may seem fine under these circumstances, I still hold the belief that something suffers as a result and that they cannot perform perfect without sacrificing something.
What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?
In relation to some of my earlier comments, I believe that the role models who see/understand/believe a student to be the commonsense good student, also cannot see/understand/believe that they are anything but. They cannot fathom anything but perfection and as a result are blind to any sufferings the student may experience.