Students and Teachers Have Different Opinions About Chewing Gum

Libby Dunne and Ashley Logan

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Mint gum has been proven to help students focus during class and while taking tests. In a study done by Baylor College of Medicine, it was discovered that students who were chewing gum required fewer breaks during a test, focused better, and stayed quieter longer than the students who were not chewing gum. Baylor also found that gum relieves stress, a much needed benefit for Miramonte students.
Many Miramonte students agree that chewing mint gum helps them focus during class time. “Chewing gum during class helps me concentrate because it prevents me from being distracted with other things,” sophomore Samira Maboudian said.
A study done by the Louisiana State University proved that gum can replace sweets. The University fed lunch to a group of 115 people who regularly chew gum. They discovered that the gum-chewers ate less high-calorie snacks. Gum can help people stay away from snack cravings. It replaces sweet treats and offers a healthier option for students to enjoy. Sugar-free gum is less than five calories a piece, and therefore is healthier than another snack which definitely has more than five calories a serving.
Despite the beneficial results of chewing gum, it can become a nuisance to teachers and janitors because it is constantly found on the bottoms of desks and chairs at Miramonte.
Gum can also become a distraction to other students. When someone pulls out a pack of gum in class, students around them beg for a piece. Students chewing gum and blowing bubbles in class can also distract the teacher and other students.
Chewing gum can also affect a student’s pronunciation in a language class. “The main reason that I don’t allow students to chew gum in class is because it interferes with their pronunciation,” French teacher Patricia Richards said.
Gum has a negative effect on the environment because it doesn’t decompose after its been carelessly disposed. The mysterious black spots cemented to the ground in Miramonte’s hallways are gum that has been repeatedly stepped on for years after students have thrown it on the ground instead of putting it in the trash. Throwing gum away in a trash can makes the janitors job easier, and keeps our school looking great!
While we can see that chewing gum had possible educational benefits, could the minty treat hinder our learning abilities? Studies suggest that students could become reliant on gum to help them during tests, and therefore won’t learn the material as well. When told that gum can help students remember class materials and focus during tests, Richards said that she doesn’t want students to rely on mint gum to help them concentrate.
Along with Richards, English teacher Ms. Gordon doesn’t like students to chew gum in class. “It looks bad when you’re an adult in a meeting and you’re chewing gum. You shouldn’t chew gum if you want to be considered seriously in public,” Gordon said.

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