Most schools do not allow gum, including mine, should it be that way? I was never allowed to chew gum in any of the schools that I attended, but that can change, chewing gum is actually a beneficial thing! It gets someone’s brain working, helps them think of new ideas. Students fall asleep in class, are easily distracted, and are stressed. All of these problems can be solved, or helped by chewing gum, that is why schools should allow gum.
To begin with, chewing gum makes the students more alert. In the article Chewing Gum in School it says, “It also increases the glucose level, making the student more alert.” Chewing gum keeps the student awake, it gets the kid thinking. Chewing gum makes the student’s brain function. This matters because when students stay up too late, they tend to fall asleep in class. When students fall asleep in class, they don’t learn, so they don’t get good grades, so they won’t have a good future, so staying awake is very important!
Furthermore, chewing helps student concentrate in their classes, as many teachers know that that students have a small attention span. Chewing gum can help them focus. In the article Students Should be Able to Chew Gum at School it says, “The mere act of chewing helps keep distractions away.” Chewing gum basically helps a kid focus on what they are doing. All of the distractions are put to the side. Students may actually get their work done!
Going on, chewing gum releases stress and anxiety that many students have. School is a stressful place, assignments or projects need to be turned in, and important tests are coming up. In the article Students Should be Able to Chew Gum at School it says, “One of the arguments in its favor is that gum helps students cope with stress. Somehow, chewing helps kids deal with their stress from school. Chewing gum releases that stress, it helps students more calm.
On the other hand, one might say that chewing is nasty and distracting. In the article Students Should be Able to Chew Gum at School it says, “The sounds are distracting and making it pop can be very annoying.” kids blow bubbles, and it is annoying. Sure, kids can make it annoying, but there are benefits from chewing gum. There should be a rule that students can chew gum, as long as they don’t blow bubbles, and if they stick it under the table, they have to clean it up. Some schools have this policy, which is fair.
To summarize, chewing gum is actually a good thing, even though many teachers disagree. When I was taking important tests, my teacher would give us gum. My teachers always told us that chewing gum helped get our brains working, and kept us awake. Chewing gum is good for this reason because kids are taking tests, doing work they need to get good grades on. Chewing gum helps student concentrate, it helps with stress, and keeps students awake. Chewing gum is banned from many schools, but some schools allow it. Now what are you waiting for, go change the rules.
I hope that you will consider this.
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I like to debate the issues with my colleagues, and one debate I had with one of my best of friends was over his choice to allow his 8th-grade students to chew gum. I, on the other hand, am fervently opposed to allowing it in my 7th-grade classroom. In fact, we teachers shouldn’t be chewing gum in class either. It might seem trivial to many teachers, but there are reasons why we shouldn’t permit our students to chew gum in class.
1. The classroom is not a barn yard. Chomp-clack-chomp-clack. When I taught at a high school where gum was permitted, that’s all you heard in the sea of students. Looking out at them made me think of a host of cows chewing cud on my brother-in-law’s farm.
2. It’s terrible for public speaking. There’s nothing more awful than students who have just delivered the GREATEST PRESENTATION OF ALL MANKIND, but the whole time you can’t think about anything beyond how they fit 6 pieces of gum in their mouth. It also muffles the voice from operating in a proper manner, and a piece of gum sitting on one’s tongue or stuffed in their cheek just looks silly. Want to get in a debate and win against someone? Give your competitor a piece of chewing gum.
3. It will destroy your class and school. This is probably the number 1 reason to prevent gum chewing. Our middle school is nearly 60 years old, and it’s in pretty decent condition. A large reason behind that is the fact that gum is and has been prohibited. Compared to the high school that I taught at, which is less than 10 years old – I still remember going to get a drink from a water fountain that was splattered with gum, someone even wrapping their gum around the faucet. Nasty!
4. Gum snapping and bubble blowing is distracting. There are silly things that students do unconsciously or even consciously when you turn your back to make one another laugh. Why give them another?
5. Gum sharing is inconsiderate. It become a popularity contest to share gum, and students act selfish by giving to a select group of people while neglecting others. I operate by the policy if you have something in this class, there needs to be enough for everyone. Period.
6. People try to claim that it stimulates concentration. But I don’t buy it. Do you really think a slap of Big Red or 2 pieces of Orbit are going to make you do that much better on the test? How about an interactive, stimulating classroom, a healthy breakfast, or 8 hours of sleep? That’s what I’d rather focus on for my students.
7. Opening Pandora’s box to a host of other classroom discussions. If students can chew gum (which I’m opposed to), why can’t they carry around a water bottle (which I support)? Why can’t they eat snacks or bring in soda pop?
8. It sets a negative precedent for years to come. We are animals of habit. If we can model good behaviors in our students in any age, they can become standards for years to come. If teachers restrict the ability to chew gum in class, it’s possible that students will go to college and be on interviews and think to themselves – I shouldn’t have gum in a professional setting. It’s amazing how many young adults – or even the President of the United States – forget about that.
I’m curious to know your thoughts on gum chewing in schools. Please share below!