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chewing gum at school

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Started: 1/12/2011 Category: Education
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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valval106

Con

Why gum chewing should not be allowed in school.

Okay, so most kids like chewing gum. Some kids think we should be allowed to chew it in school. I disagree with these claims. I think chewing gum would be a bad idea to have in school.

If gum chewing was allowed, not all kids would be chewing every second of the day. Say a class was taking a test and a particular girl was not chewing gum but the person beside of her was. The girl taking the test becomes distracted. This is because many times people are not only chewing their gum, but also smacking. A gum smacker is not only distractive, but is annoying. The test taker is now distracted and annoyed, so her test score will be much lower.

Gum chewing is extremely unsanitary. The wrappers will pile up in classrooms and hallways. Also, when kids are done with their gum, they don't want to get up in the middle of class and go throw their gum away, so they simply stick it under their chair or desk and leave it there. If you have ever felt sticky, hardened, ABC gum, you already know how gross it is. That is just like asking for kids to get sick! Viruses spread when a kid touches some gum that has already been in another kid's mouth! When kids get sick, they may miss school, thus making their grades even lower.

Some people claim that gum chewing will boost your test scores. The fact is, not enough research has been done to prove this is true. What gum chewing does do is distract you. You blow bubbles, play with your gum, and the gum accidentally falls out of your mouth. These are all examples of distractions that happen when kids are chewing gum.

Finally, there is no reason that kids need to chew gum in school. There is plenty of time outside of school to chew gum. If kids really like chewing gum, they can choose to spend all of their extra time outside school chewing away.

So, why spend money on stuff you chew for a little while and throw out? Why spend even more money on it so you can chew in school too?
Ragnar_Rahl

Pro

The nearest semblance of a resolution in the above is : "gum chewing should not be allowed in school."
This is presented as a context free absolute.

The following are reasons to allow chewing gum:

A student may be ill in a manner that in the future is best treated by medical gum: http://www.hospital-int.net...

You cannot stop students from chewing gum. You never will. The mere attempt is far more disruptive than tolerating chewing gum.
Debate Round No. 1
valval106

Con

valval106 forfeited this round.
Ragnar_Rahl

Pro

Extend.

Also, viruses spread when you don't wash your hands, not when you touch long-since dried, air-exposed things. Just avoid the wet gum and wash your hands regularly.

I still don't see some magic enforcement mechanism that unproblematically deals with such a discreet act.
Debate Round No. 2
valval106

Con

valval106 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Ragnar_Rahl 6 years ago
Ragnar_Rahl
"My usual activities on Sundays are going to church"

I think that's a very disgusting habit.
Posted by Dazedinday 6 years ago
Dazedinday
Me? Disgusting habit? Hard to imagine.
Posted by Ragnar_Rahl 6 years ago
Ragnar_Rahl
I'm sure you have a disgusting habit in someone's eyes that you wouldn't want banned. Live and let live you know, long as you keep it to yourself
Posted by Dazedinday 6 years ago
Dazedinday
Gums are disgusting. They should be banned because of it.
Also, you are chewing flavored rubber and mixing it with your saliva.
I'm sure people wouldn't have liked gum if they named it 'flavored rubber'.
Posted by Ragnar_Rahl 6 years ago
Ragnar_Rahl
holleeee crap. that is some serious character limit there that i didn't see. I had 24 characters left on Round 1 rofl.
Posted by Ragnar_Rahl 6 years ago
Ragnar_Rahl
matter of fact in effect you seem to be. taken.
Posted by Ragnar_Rahl 6 years ago
Ragnar_Rahl
that contradicts your first round. Are you saying God should ban chewing gum at school, enforced by thunderbolt?
Posted by valval106 6 years ago
valval106
chewing gum at school period. That's wat i meen
Posted by Ragnar_Rahl 6 years ago
Ragnar_Rahl
What authority are you advocating ban gum chewing at what school?
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