Why Is Gum Not Allowed in Schools?

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Gum-chewing is part of most cultures. Students enjoy gum-chewing, and it might lead to better school performances. Irresponsible chewers can bother nongum-chewers and ruin school property. Enforcement of gum etiquette misuses teachers' time.

1 History

According to CNN, gum consists of synthetic ingredients and is made sweet. It can be made sugar free by adding sorbitol. Ancient cultures used tree sap as gum.

2 Significance

Incorrect chewing-gum disposal costs schools money by cleaning or replacement of materials. Students put chewed gum under desks, on seats, in carpet and between book pages.

3 Considerations

Gum-chewers might bother their peers with smacking, bubble popping and other chewing sounds. Teachers might stop lessons to end distractions.

4 Warning

Students can chew nicotine gum for a high and could overdose. Caffeine gum poses the same problems.

5 Expert Insight

Some educational theories state kinesthetic learners perform better in school if allowed physical movement such as gum-chewing. CNN reported gum-chewing students have better final grades than students who abstain.

Lauralee Moss writes about education, female-oriented subjects and parenting. She writes for Advice for Parenting, Book Rags and other websites. Moss' master's degree research project studied the organizational habits of high schoolers. She is currently developing a new website about switching classrooms and educational theories.