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Gum Chewing May Actually Help Kids In School

Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have just released the results of a study that will make school janitors cringe with fear. According to the research, eighth graders who chewed gum during class and while doing homework actually scored higher on standardized tests than students who did not have gum. When I was in school, chewing gum was worst crime you could commit on campus and now we find out it was actually good for us? The study was funded by the folks at Wrigley. Baylor researchers studied a total of four math classes which equals about 108 students between the ages of 13 and 16. About half of the students chewed at least one stick of gum 86 percent of the time they were in math class and 36 percent of the time they were doing homework. The other half did not receive gum and after 14 weeks, the gum chewers had a three percent increase in math scores. The problem with gum in schools is not the chewing, but

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rather the disposal of the gum which usually winds up under chairs and desks which is disgusting. Researchers pointed out that students can be taught proper disposal behaviors. Chew away kids, it’s good for you!!

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