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Allow students to chew gum in class

October 20, 2009


by Celine Kwok

I don’t understand why the majority of students are not allowed to chew gum in class, which is exactly what I am doing right now as I am writing to you.

Chewing gum is not a crime. It doesn’t even create any litter, which is the reason why eating in class is banned, I guess. Also, chewing gum does not distract our attention during lessons. In fact, in my experience, the minty flavour helps sleepy students stay awake.

My teacher told me that gum is not allowed in Singapore, because chewing gives you big jaws, which is nonsense, in my opinion.

Chewing gives us healthier gums and stronger jaws. I do not see what is not good about that. In addition to all that, students deserve the freedom to chew gum during a stressful and boring lesson.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 2:49 am

    Gurl you is so right gum helps your mouth it cleans your teeth too !!! ❤

  2. February 1, 2011 11:29 am

    Yes, I think you should be allowed to chew gum in class. Who doesn’t like gum? Plus it relieves stress. The only cons are they are found in unsavory places and bubble smacking occurs during class. But it can be prevented!

    • serinaj permalink
      May 31, 2011 9:42 pm

      I kinda disagree with you I am at school and i dont think gum should be prevented

  3. Peyton permalink
    May 18, 2010 9:19 pm

    In this paper I will show you why we should have gum in school. Studies have proof that gum helps people consentrate. I will show you the facts in this paper. Please enjoy reading about this great debatable topic.
    I’m doing research on gum in school. The original research began in 2001, the lead researcher was Professor Andrew Scholey. And later on, proved by the FMRIs reinforced his conclusions that gum, can in fact, improve your focus. Supported by Ezine Articles.
    A newspaper named Los Angeles Times supports that studies have proved gum reduces stress, improves alertness, and relieves anxiety. But, those are in a laboratory setting. Now, the first study in people also supports gum boosts acedemic performance.
    CNN is on the opposing side of this topic however. The Wrigley Science Institute said that they have proved gum distracts the other students because it makes loud chomping noises in the class. Many people agree with their conclusions.
    Now you saw the facts and hopefully you agree with me that we should have gum in school, yes there are a couple of disadvantages but, I believe there happen to be more advantages. I have told you my views of this highly debatable topic. Now, it’s up to you, the reader, to decide.

    Sorry I accidently replied to another comment with this before but, I had this in my saved documents from 8th grade, it was a paper I wrote for Information Literacy, I hope you enjoyed it!

  4. cory permalink
    May 12, 2010 5:31 am

    I don’t like Singapore and its rule of not being able to buy chewing gums

  5. i9o permalink
    January 27, 2010 8:09 am

    i hate this idea we should not chew gum its stupid f***

  6. January 27, 2010 4:17 am

    i TOTALLY agree cause it helps students release all their stress and wat teacher wants their students to be really stressed out before a test ( a bad one)and if u chew sugar free gum it will not be bad for your teeth

  7. D'Ara permalink
    January 6, 2010 8:58 am

    Celine i agree with you i hate that we can’t chew gum in class but i have to write a 4 paragraphed essay on a rule that i would love to change. So i choose to change the rule to allow students chew gum in class. do you know any more things i can put in my essay because it is due January 6th, 2010.


  8. Maggie permalink
    October 26, 2009 1:32 pm

    I guess the main reason for banning is that chewing gum dees not show the respect to teachers. Imagine how the teachers would feel if they are teaching students seriously while the students are making balloons by the gum and plenty of noises are produced. It looks like you do not take it serious at all. I think you would not want the teachers do the same to you when you are having a lesson as well.

  9. iherei permalink
    October 21, 2009 4:10 pm

    I think chewing gum makes you look cheap

    • November 30, 2010 10:24 pm

      i think you look cheap when you chew gum

  10. Susan Ramsay permalink
    October 20, 2009 4:29 pm

    Thank you for your letter, Celine. Many schools ban chewing gum, just as they ban eating other foods in class. Chewing gum or bubble gum has a particularly bad image, however, because many people who chew gum do not close their mouths. This makes a noise which is awfully irritating to those sitting next to them.

    Gum really has no effect on the width of your jaw, and there are definitely dental benefits to chewing a piece containing xylitol right after your meal.

    Importing or selling chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992. Mostly it was banned because it became a real nuisance when people would just spit it out on the street, or, worse, stick it under the table at a restaurant. This is probably another reason schools ban it. In Singapore the problem was exacerbated by people putting used gum in letter boxes or in keyholes. It may sound funny, but it does cause people a lot of bother and repairing damaged equipment costs a fortune.


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