In School Some would have you believe that gum chewing is a nasty habit and that it should be banned from schools. At SASS it is banned--- Just like it is banned in all of Singapore. However, chewing gum should be allowed--- promoted in fact--- because of the many significant benefits of gum chewing. Not only does it improve oral hygiene, but it also improves concentration and mental ability.
In addition, through expecting students to not abuse gum chewing by sticking it under chairs or throwing it on the ground, it caches responsible behavior and citizenship. One way gum chewing is beneficial is because it improves oral health. Since schools spend a lot of time educating students and promoting proper health, it makes sense that they should encourage good health by allowing students to chew gum. Chewing gum improves oral hygiene because it increases saliva production which flushes away the acid and bacteria on your teeth after you eat.
The American Dental Association says on its Web site that "chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay". This can also help with school in mineral because if students have healthy teeth, they won't be taking time out of school to go to the dentist. This sounds like a great and easy way to keep parent's, students and teachers happy---parent's will pay less dentist bills, students will have less dentist visits, and kids will miss less school.
Picture this: You're taking a test and you're getting all stressed about it. You don't remember the answers. What can help you in this situation---gum. Gum chewing not only reduces stress, but it also improves alertness and memory. Gum chewing provides an outlet for releasing tension which then relaxes students. This meaner they can better focus on their tests. The act of chewing also increases blood flow to the brain which improves memory. "Chewing gum is an easy tool students can use for a potential academic edge," says Craig Johnston, Ph.
D. , the lead researcher and an instructor in nutrition at the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Surely teachers want students to have a way to manage stress and improve mental acuity. Chewing gum provides this for students. One of the problems of gum chewing is that people spit it out onto the floor or stick it ender desks. That is why gum chewing gets banned in schools. However, banning gum chewing prevents students from learning proper behavior.
Students need opportunities to make their own decisions. It's not like there will be someone there to make decisions for them later in life, so you might as well start teaching and trusting them to do the right thing from the beginning. If they do make poor choices and stick gum under chairs and desks---they need to learn that there will be consequences. When they're caught, they could be punished by having to remove all the gum from al of the chairs and desks. Who would want to stick their gum under chairs and desks now?
Allowing students to chew gum, allows them to learn about making right decisions. On the whole, chewing gum is a vital tool when it comes to school. We have calculators to figure out math problems more easily, electronic scales to weigh objects in science, and computers in all classes to make work easier and more productive. Why not gum to relieve stress, improve attention, and keep our mouth healthy? Teachers, make the right choice, not only for students but for you too! Allow gum!