Middle-School Student Makes the Case for Chewing Gum at School

A very bright middle-school student named Arun Dhingra just sent me a persuasive essay he wrote about why chewing gum should be allowed at school.  Listen up teachers!  I have now sent quite a bit of Think Gum® to teachers who want their students to do better on standardized testing so I believe Arun is onto something.  His essay is below:

Imagine you are taking a math test, but you just cannot concentrate.  This is why we need gum. Everyone wants that refreshing piece of gum within his or her mouth during school.  There are many benefits to acquire gum at school. These benefits can help you perform better in school and help you learn more. Although some say that chewing gum is a horrible idea, when one views the research, they will discover there are great advantages.

One reason we must include gum at school is because it helps in keeping students awake.  When I am at school, I witness many students looking sleepy or wanting to fall asleep.  The solution to this predicament is gum. According to a scientific study by Kathleen Melanson from University of Rhode Island, when you chew gum your metabolism increases by 20 percent.(Source:  www.medicalnewstoday.com) When someone’s metabolism is raised, they are more likely to stay awake. This evidence shows that gum needs to be allowed at school to help students stay awake.

Second, permitting gum chewing at school will help improve your test scores.  According to research conducted by the American Society for Nutrition, they found out that students who chewed gum during class during a 14-week period, had a significant increase in test scores and received a better finishing grade compared to those who did not chewed gum.  This example supports that schools need to tolerate gum in order for students to improve on tests.

Several people might say that gum is unhealthy and is not good for you. On the contrary, gum is pretty healthy and actually lots of different types of gum are sugar-free and have xylitol.  Some evidence explains that xylitol reduces cavities by 70 percent (Trident Company.)    That is a great bonus.  Clearly, you should be able to chew gum at school, because you can get healthier and stronger teeth.

Lastly, gum can assist students concentrate.  Research has exposed that the movement you make when you chew gum makes your brain think it is going to get food.  Then, insulin, which enhances learning and memory, is released to the brain and helps it focus. (Andrew Scholey, Swinburne University, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com)  In the U.S. military, soldiers have chewed gum since World War I to improve their concentration. (Wrigley Company)  With the research stating these facts, it is clear that gum needs to be allowed at school to improve your concentration.

It is essential to recognize that chewing gum includes many great benefits, such as improving students’ test scores, concentration, and metabolism.  Before one sees the research, gum-chewing might sound like a horrific idea. In fact, chewing gum really is a great thing to allow at schools.  So, if people want to improve students’ ability to do better in school, gum-chewing should be allowed at schools.


45 thoughts on “Middle-School Student Makes the Case for Chewing Gum at School

  1. I am also a middle school student and I agree with Arun’s statements but unfortunatly, the youth of today tend to not care at all about what is happening around them and stick their gum everywhere and anywhere at school. Although gum is banned at my school, I see black circles caused by gum on the concrete outside of my school, I sometimes touch it under tables and I even see it on the walls and exit signs. And it’s not as if the school will just hire someone whom makes sure that all gum that has been chewed goes in the trash cans. So even though gum would be a wonderful thing to have at school, unless the students learn to give-a-danm about anything other than themselves, I don’t think we will be having gum at our schools anytime soon.

      1. I think that we should be able to chew gum in class because it helps me stay awake and concentrated.

  2. I do agree on the essay to because we do chew it any ways but it sucks when you get caught because we get detention or something else for a punishment it really sucks !!! 😦

  3. ya i feal the same why i like being abel to chew gum in class but in grad 7 you dont get cot that ofton so i chew all the time

      1. yeah that is mean I agree with Hope and just because someone does not spell right doesn’t mean you can be rude.

  4. u r all right, I gave up 100 recesses because I didn’t not chew gum I NEED MY GUM PEOPLE WAT DONT U GET ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL(=

  5. (in gr7)i agree and have wrote a speech and now debating for this to happen in school but with every one putting under desks it won’t happen anytime soon

  6. hah this is funny ….. cause although we aren’t allowed to chew gum as a student i do it anyway. i would fight for this but i cant because people dont know how to take care of there gum after they are done

  7. ikr its stupid that we arent allowed to chew gum in school. in my school its mainly cuz kids leave it under there desks.

  8. This essay is nicely written but the research cited is suspect: 3 out of 5 studies cited are either supported or conducted by chewing gum corporations, including the Melanson study at URI, which was supported by a $25,000 grant from Wrigley. My ESL students and I used this essay for the purposes of checking the reliability and impartiality of sources when writing a persuasive essay.

  9. That’s good and i want gum at my school also but many say it wont happen because they put it under their desks and walls. But here’s the thing. They do that so they are not caught but if it was free to chew gum they would be able to throw it away. So if you’re making an argument about this issue, you can gladly take this support for a refutation.

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