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Bubble Gum Should Be Allowed in Schools

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Started: 6/26/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
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DebatePr0

Pro

I think bubble gum should be allowed in schools. As you can see, according to http://www.scientificamerican.com... ,Gum may improve concentration in class. It states that two groups of twenty people had to listen to an audio track for half an hour. The groups that chewed gum recited the numbers with better accuracy and better speed.
This is my first argument to show that bubble gum should be allowed in schools.
MrJosh

Con

Gum should not be allowed in schools.

First of all, PRO's claim is suspect. It is hardly settled science that gum chewing improves memory; the researchers who conducted the study PRO's source is based upon noted that their results contradicted previous research [1]. Also, as teachers will relate, students who chew gum do not do so quietly, which can be quite disturbing to other students [2].

Secondly, chewing gum is often left in inappropriate places by students [3]. All of this takes money to clean up, and every extra dollar spent on maintenance takes away money that should be spent on the students.

Finally, even if we grant PRO the memory argument, it is simply giving students a crutch that will most likely not be there once they leave school and are not allowed to chew gum in the workplace. For this and the two aforementioned reasons, gum chewing should not be allowed in schools.

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Debate Round No. 1
DebatePr0

Pro

Thanks for showing your argument. Now I will share mine.
Bubble gum can also help kill bacteria and lose weight. According to http://healthresearchfunding.org... ,gum may also help you lose weight. If you chew gum that is sugar free, you may decrease food cravings. Also
,according to http://www.medicaldaily.com... ,chewing gum for ten minutes can remove millions of bacteria. Lastly, The incident of kids littering with bubble gum can be solved with kids getting a bag to store gum.
This is my second argument.
MrJosh

Con

I would like to thank PRO for his arguments.

Again, PRO's arguments are suspect. While chewing some kinds of gum may be good for your teeth, chewing other kinds is demonstrably bad for them [1][2][4], and may even lead to jaw and gastrointestinal problems [1][3]. Also, while chewing gum may help fight cravings, it has been shown that those who chew gum for this purpose tend to eat less healthy when they do eat [1].

PRO's “solution” to the damage done by gum (giving students a bag) is absurd. There are many bags around every school, in garbage cans, and yet there is still demonstrable damage [4]. Furthermore, PRO did not address my point that the non-quiet nature of gum chewing can be a distraction to learning [5]. As a final thought, the sharing of gum in school can lead to social cliques and even bullying [4][5].

Sources

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[3] http://tinyurl.com...
[4] http://tinyurl.com...
[5] http://tinyurl.com...;

Debate Round No. 2
DebatePr0

Pro

This is my third and final argument.

If gum were allowed, according to http://www.pressdemocrat.com... ,kids would actually throw their gum away instead of hiding it under a desk. If gum weren't allowed, kids would attempt to hide the gum under a desk instead of risking getting caught throwing it out.

There are also some gum types that have fake ingredients, but some gum has natural ingredients like Glee Gum.

Lastly, it has been shown that gum can relieve brain stress and become more productive, according to http://wildcatblogology.edublogs.org... .

This is my final argument.
MrJosh

Con

Productivity

Regarding the argument about increased brain function, we have already established that the research is not conclusive, some studies say it is good, some say it is bad [1], so I'm not sure what PRO is trying to say here.

Health

Yes, some gum has good ingredients, and some bad ingredients [2]. It is unreasonable to expect teachers and administrators to police the type of gum students chew, so the logical alternative it to not allow it.

Hiding

PRO's claim that kids would throw out their gum if it was allowed is contradicted by the fact that it is not always thrown out in schools where gum is allowed [3].

Wrap Up

In Round 2 I demonstrated the gum chewing can lead to jaw and gastrointestinal problems. These claims were never disputed by PRO and they alone are enough reason to forbid the chewing of gum in school.

I would like to thank PRO for this interesting debate.

Sources

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MrJosh 1 year ago
MrJosh
That was an interesting debate. I never knew how wordy I was when I write until I was up against a 1000 character limit!
Posted by DebatePr0 1 year ago
DebatePr0
yep, 1k character limit :P
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