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Chewing gum allowed to improve learning

01 December 2010, 18:02

Berlin - 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.

"Chewing gum is good for the children's health and improves their cognitive performance," 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," said headmaster Hans Dasch, "but it helps the children 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."

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 to brush their teeth, organisers said.

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 blow bubbles ... none of them stick their gum on the seats," said the headmaster, who admits he chews gum too, along with several teachers.


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