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Why should kids and teens be allowed to chew gum in school?
Transcript of Why should kids and teens be allowed to chew gum in school?
-Stress and Anxiety Relief
-Helps with ADHD
-Increases Student Focus
-Oral Hygiene Studies from the Baylor College of Medicine show that chewing gum can help concentration, as well as alertness and stress. Making work easier for students! How can chewing gum help with ADHD students? Well there are many reasons. Like mentioned earlier, gum helps with concentration and stress, which ADHD students struggle with. The motion of chewing is soothing, and calms the nerves, which reduces stress. Also, chewing gum replaces jittery actions, increasing focus on schoolwork. Chewing gum can also make the body release insulin, which activates the brain's memory. Students with ADHD often lack memory skills. How does gum improve oral hygeine? If you chew sugar free gum after you eat, it has been proven to help with oral hygiene. The gum helps with fighting tooth decay, strengthens enamal, and even gets rid of plauque. So, why aren't we allowed to? Here are some of the school employee's reasons:
-Janitors don't like scraping gum off of desks, floors, doors, etc.
-Teachers get annoyed when students are smacking gum and blowing bubbles. We understand why the janitors could get tired of cleaning gum, but by middle school most students aren't that immature. Ok, so not everyone is perfect, so maybe we could compromise. We think students should earn the right to chew gum. For example, if a student has straight a's or is just an overall good student, they could get to chew gum for a week or so. Or, if a whole class of students do really well on a test, maybe that class could earn the privilege of chewing gum. Students could be more motivated to do well if teachers used this. If teachers were to use the method we mentioned before, they could take away that privilege if they were to misuse it. Like we said, teachers hate it when students smack gum in class. So, they could take it away if they did. Also, if the teachers find gum stuck under desks and other places they should take it away from the whole class. Bibliography: Unknown, Author. "Inprove Oral Health." Wrigley. MARS, n.d. Web. 10 Feb 2011. <http://www.wrigley.com/global/benefits-of-chewing/improve-oral-health.aspx>. Marie, Jenna. "Benefits of Mint Chewing Gum." Livestrong. unknown publisher, 23 04 2010. Web. 8 Feb 2011. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/111248-benefits-mint-chewing-gum/>. Volz, Samantha. "What are the Benefits of Chewing Gum for ADHD?." eHow. Livestrong, 02 Apr 2010. Web. 10 Feb 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/list_6148469_benefits-chewing-gum-adhd_.html>. T H E E N D In conclusion, students really should be allowed to chew gum in school. It's a privilege, yes, and students should earn it. Gum doesn't harm anyone. If anything, it's beneficial. So please, take this into consideration. By Erika Guth Lara Keith and Alison Walter Lara Madison Keith