Fear and Use

“No fear, I say that with levity.”1 – Common

Once hunger has been addressed, students can benefit from opportunities to confront other fears associated with poverty. Students from low-income households are more likely to experience a range of stressors at home and at school, which can affect their academic development as well as their physical and psychological health. To support learning, the school environment must balance its role as a provider of safety with the multifaceted consequences of its discipline and surveillance policies. The process of confronting fear via creative expression can be either discouraged or enhanced through the use of technology, which can function as a top-down channel for the one-way transmission of information, or alternatively as an interactive space that encourages student voice.

Fear, poverty, and the school environment

1. Common, 2014