Forget the Common Core and concentrate on the gum-chewers

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When I was teaching, our student discipline handbook was jam-packed with rules, designed to keep students from running amok. It is, after all, critical that order be maintained.

One such rule, which most schools embrace, was “no gum chewing.”

Many of our would-be learners were summarily dismissed from classes for this awful breach of the school’s judicial system. These destroyers of education were often banished to the Student Management Room (a euphemism for detention center).

And why wouldn’t they be? How can any teacher be expected to engage students in a place filled with these bubble-blowing, lip-smacking, eye-rolling miscreants?

Imagine your child missing an opportunity to learn, because she was jettisoned for chewing gum. Would you expect anything less? I mean, how dare she chew gum in an institution of learning?

I keep wondering, is there anything that merits more consideration in the world of education than this insidious gum-chewing? Who cares about technology integration and better assessment practices, when we’ve got gum in our schools?

Something has to be done! Got any ideas?

Mark Barnes is an education author and consultant and the publisher of Brilliant or Insane. Learn more about Mark on our Team page. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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