Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some rules are unfair

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

Rules in school are sometimes unfair to students. Case in point we should be allowed to chew gum in school. In studies from the University of Northumbria in England, psychologists did tests on people that did not chew gum, people that pretend to chew gum, and people that chewed gum. The results were that the people that chewed gum remembered 35 percent more than the other people.

That study gives good information to support the fact that we should be able to chew gum in school. If we chewed gum we would remember more things that our teachers talked about. Things that we have to remember in our hectic eight classes a day are: when papers are due, when we have major tests, when we go on field trips, and much more. Already most kids forget some things teachers tell them so gum could really help us out with our busy schedules.

I know we have rules about gum chewing because kids put gum on the bottom of desks, chairs, and on the floor. But I do feel very strongly that kids should chew gum in school because it will help us remember more things in our hectic day.

Bailey Watson,

Southwest Junior High


Omegatron 9 years, 5 months ago

Most rules are written because a small number of people abuse something to the point that those in charge get sick of the whole situation.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 5 months ago

Bailey, I like your idea. I am sure that students could be taught to dispose of gum correctly. Maybe the kids that want to chew gum could have a few words with the kids whose behavior is having gum chewing taken away from all. That might do it.I would like to think that your teachers would be willing to consider something like this.

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