Friday, December 3, 2010

Kaugummi in der Schule?


SOURCE: [Science:Physics:Tech:Nano:News]

To improve learning, German school allows chewing gum

December 1, 2010

Few things annoy a teacher more than a pupil chewing gum in class, but a primary school in southern Germany is now actively encouraging them to do so -- in order to improve their grades.

kauen = to chew der Kaugummi = chewing gum

" is good for the children's health and improves their ," said Wolfgang Ellegast from the education ministry in Bavaria, home to the Volkenschwand school where the pilot project is being run.

"No one is being forced to chew gum," headmaster Hans Dasch told AFP. "But it helps the concentrate and deal with stress, particularly during written tests."

He added: "The prerequisite for learning with fun is that kids come to school without fear and that they feel happy... Therefore we are encouraging them to chew gum in break and in lessons."

Chewing gum is also good for dental health, particularly after meals when it is not possible for the 70 children aged between six and 10 at the to brush their teeth, organisers said.

But it is not anarchy. According to a "firm agreement" with teachers, the children must keep their mouths closed while chewing -- except for when speaking, of course -- and properly dispose of the gum.

To this end, each desk is equipped with a special container decorated by the children themselves with bees, ladybirds, snails and the like, in partnership with a local artist.

"All the children respect the rules. None of them blows bubbles ... No one sticks gum on their seats," said the headmaster, who admits that he chews gum too, along with several teachers.

"The pupils chew in a very disciplined manner."

(c) 2010 AFP


  1. wow.. I didn't know that.. chewing gum help concentrate?? WAO
    good to know though.

  2. I knew that pretzels can help with concentrating by i didn't know about gum.

  3. Chewinggum is good If you think about it, it kinda makes sence like getting the left over food out of your teeth?

  4. how can gum possibley help in consentraion, I would like to see that data becasue to me that sounds like nonsense.

  5. I am glad we can do this in our school

  6. I think the US needs to adopt this idea, I agree with this article in all factors.