Students should be allowed to eat in class
Students can’t concentrate on their studies when they are hungry. They often tend to keep glancing at the clock. If they are allowed to suck on candy or chew on gum, they might be able to focus more on their work than the time. The worst part is the 5 minutes before lunch. It’s always the last five minutes that seem to go by so slowly. At that point, their eyes never leave the clock. This means, no work gets done.
The Seneca Diaries
Yes, they should. Respect is one thing, but since being hungry is a form of physical pain I don't see at all why children should have to bear physical pain to show someone respect. To avoid as much physical pain as possible for everyone is (at least to me) one of the most important things, and arguments like messing up computers (which computers?) are tenuous at best.
At my college we are allowed to eat in lectures. No one ever brought crisps, even though the 'no' side implies it's like the only food that exists. The amount of ants is not any higher than it was back in my school days, where we weren't allowed to. And not only are children better concentrated when their stomachs don't turn inside out, but back in our class it was common to sneak out of class to "visit the bathroom" when you would just leave the room to eat. Will this help you learning? Maybe not. Do you care what Seneca wrote into his diary 2000 years ago when you're hungry? Nope.
As a side note: I don't get this "students have to be 100% focused" thing at all. Personally, in school I was hardly 10% of the time even listening. Everyone I know was...
Having had compulsory Latin for six years, which is completely vain in almost every possible future, taking a bite from my sandwich every now and then was what kept me fairly sane after all.
An Opinion from a Student
I'm a student, and let me tell you, I get very hungry during class. School starts very early and lunch is very late, so sometimes, I get so hungry I can hardly concentrate on class. Me and my friends bring in healthy snacks such as granola bars, dry cereals, and other things.
Kids should be aloud to eat during class. People tell us that eating distracts us from our school work, but does it really? Or does is help us focus and fuel our brain?
Just clean up afterwards
I think students should be able to eat in their classrooms. Sometimes they may miss breakfast, or they may just feel hungry during the class period. I don't think this should be a problem for peckish kids in the classroom. The reason, I think, that teachers don't allow students to eat in classrooms is for two reasons; students may not clean up afterwards, and/or they might let their munching interrupt their learning or the lesson. As long as students eat quietly and respectfully while maintaining focus on the lesson, and remember to clean up afterwards, I think they should be allowed to eat in the classroom.
I can answer yes, while clearly saying no.
Students get hungry during school, that is an indubitable yes.
When people are hungry, there become issues such as distractions, the inability to fully focus, sometimes even a discomfort or pain as an extreme. Quoted from a MD U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a statement "When students are hungry and distracted, they're not learning."
I believe that she is absolutely, 100% correct. The reason is because that speaking from my own individual experience and observations from peers around me as a current high school student. Being hungry really does distract you in some cases. My solution to this is provide a simple, nutritional breakfast such as a sandwich, milk, and fruit. Following that would be a period in class (Assume you are in a 4, 90 minute long divided day with a 30 minute lunch break in the middle.) where you are able to freely eat a small snack or sandwich. This period could be within the first ten minutes of your second period class or last ten minutes of your first period class.
With that, you should be fine to last out the rest of the day. You have a breakfast, you have a snack (such as a sandwich packed in a small Ziploc bag, or bag of pretzels.), and you have a lunch. Two fulfilling and nutritional meals, intermixed with a snack to tide over your hunger. That plan will not disrupt class with students eating which in my opinion, allowing students to eat during a class would distract students even further and would be encouraged to eat in class. So I could say yes, but only if the plan is built around a schedule that would decrease any interruption to the education of students. Though when it does introduce a conflict with students as being a distraction, I will have to say no to eating in class.
Students Should Be Allowed To Eat In Class
This is so because many times, students won't have breakfast and then their stomach will start growling and that disrupts the class. In addition to that, it is bad to skip breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day, and it provides you with energy, and you want to have energy in class.
Yes, look at health problems!
I have hypoglycemia and know from personal experience that if I wasn't able to eat during class, I would get anywhere from dizzy/having a headache to fainting. If I wasn't allowed to eat in class, this is what would happen to me. So I say yes to allowing students to eat!
I love food
I believe there shall be a designated snack time where students can quench their hunger. I don't think students should be able to eat or chew gum at any time as it can become distracting and time wasting. Students still should have snack and the snack should be relatively healthy. It is very hard to concentrate and work on an empty stomach! TEEHEE
Good time use.
If everyone eats during class, there would be less breaks. Meaning more could be learned in a day. I mean yeah it can be kind of noisy, but I have noticed my teachers eating while we are working. I mean, come on, can you imagine what it's like to already be hungry then to see someone eating. Daedalus curse.
They definitely should!
Some kids don't have time in the morning to eat, so eating on the go, or in this case, class gives them time to fill up. Studies have shown that kids who haven't eaten are less likely to pay attention during class, or stay on topic. Some teachers eat in class too, it's the same concept!
If you’ve ever tried to complete a task on an empty stomach, you understand the critical connection between nutrition and concentration. Still, even though studies show a direct correlation between healthy eating and focus on learning, many students leave the house in the morning with rumbling stomachs or skip lunch, hoping to sneak in snacks throughout the day. Despite this, widespread allergy concerns, rising obesity rates and budget cuts are forcing some school districts to clamp down on allowing food and drinks in the classroom, while other schools may encourage healthy snacking to promote learning.
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Life-threatening peanut allergies are typically the No. 1 reason schools forbid food in the classroom. According to the National Peanut Board, food allergies of all types affect approximately 4 to 6 percent of school-age children. While some students develop a rash or stomach pain from being exposed to nuts, other students may experience anaphylaxis, a systemic bodily response which can be potentially life threatening. Also, because nut proteins are often food in other foods, school districts across the country have taken drastic steps to eliminate all foods in classrooms.
If you’ve ever tried to concentrate or watch a movie while someone sitting close to you was gnawing on a crunchy snack, you know how distracting food can be. This is another reason schools tend to outlaw classroom eating. The smells of certain foods may bother some students, or amplify hunger pangs in other, snack-less students. Moreover, eating in class can create messes and disrupt the learning process.
Giving students a short break to allow them to eat a healthy snack can help to encourage concentration and reenergize tired students. Snack breaks can be especially helpful for high school students who are on block schedules, have unusually long class periods, such a labs, or who eat late lunches. In addition, school-sponsored breakfasts or snack breaks can help students perform better on standardized tests.
Class parties with food can promote healthy learning and encourage peer interaction. For instance, celebrating a student’s birthday with cupcakes or other treats can help students feel welcome and excited to be a part of a class. For older students, preparing a theme-based party as a class project, such as a party related to a novel being read in class, can allow students to think creatively while learning and having fun.
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