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THE CHEWING GUM CONUNDRUM
The scientists really need to make up their minds. There was a time when coffee was bad for the health. And then it was okay (consumed in moderation, of course …) And the same on-again, off-again policy has applied to numerous other food types including tomatoes, peppers, ginger… I think they really enjoy baiting us plebs. Not that it's intentional. It's all in a days work.
It was late last year when the centre stage was dominated by the 900-year-old …wait for it… *drum roll*… chewing gum (though it's not really a food type). Nevertheless, to cut a long story short, a certain head teacher (somewhere in Germany) decided to introduce active chewing of gum in schools because recent scientific investigation revealed that the chewing of bubble gum has multiple benefits which meets emotional, educational, social and psychological needs… blah! blah! blah! It aids concentration/focus and helps learners to de-stress and relax… and so on and so forth… Learners feel content and less fearful.
The scientifically-proven value of chewing gum aside, it seems to me like plain old bribery. A ploy to lure lazy, stubborn kids to school. Make it seem like a "cool" place. What are the learners fearful of? Is it fear of order and discipline? Fear of rules and regulations?
So while the scientific world is on a roll, extolling the virtues of chewing gum, and the educational fraternity have jumped on the bandwagon, we may as well all join in and take it to the max…
The year is 2020…(or thereabouts). The world is in a frenzy!!! Scientists, professors, academics all abuzz with the ongoing scientific discovery… WORLD HEADLINES: We are witnessing an educational transformation on a grand scale! The world has never seen anything like this! The All-In-One-Solution-For-The-21st-Century-Learner! Forget about poor concentration and lack of focus, feelings of fear and stress, of discontentment… These are fading away, fast and furiously, as the fabulous "Wonder Solution" takes over… All you educators, teachers, learners~~ watch carefully as your fearful, unfocused, stressed out, bored learners are transformed by this miracle solution. You'll be amazed at the results. It is being hailed as the educational breakthrough of the century!!!
Yeah… right… we wish… and I'm not even gonna go into the negatives… which would be chewing gum pollution on a grand scale… unlike anything the world has ever seen…
Fast forward… a decade or two later… the year 2040…(or thereabouts). WORLD HEADLINES: Scientists have recently made a breakthrough discovery which has serious ramifications for the educational world. The chewing of bubble gum (believed to aid focus and concentration) has come under the spotlight. A brand new, one-of-a-kind research technique has revealed that the chewing of gum is actually quite detrimental to the emotional and psychological development of the young learner. This has caused widespread panic and resulted in the banning of chewing gum in all educational institutions across the globe! *giggles*
Aaaaah, well what can I say… and thereafter the scientists will move on to a new product and be busy "extolling the virtues of a new discovery" …
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(The above post was taken from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge which took place in April.) And now I'm off to visit some of the other participants!