From THE LOCAL (Germany):
Few things annoy most teachers more than pupils chewing gum in class, but a primary school in Bavaria is now actively encouraging them to do so — in order to improve their grades.
"No one is being forced to chew gum," headmaster Hans Dasch told news agency AFP. "But it helps the children concentrate and deal with stress, particularly during written tests."
But it is not anarchy. According to a "firm agreement" with teachers, the children must keep their mouths closed while chewing and properly dispose of the gum. To this end, each desk equipped with a special container decorated by the children themselves with bees, ladybirds, snails and the like in partnership with a local artist.
"All the children respect the rules. None of them makes bubbles ...None of them stick their gum on the seats," said the headmaster, who admits he chews gum too, along with several teachers.
"The pupils chew in a very disciplined manner," he said.
COMMENT: It would have taken something a bit more potent than Wrigleys to keep me fully cognitive during some of the lessons I had to sit through as a kid. In fact, my biggest worry with this experiment is that children will choke to death should they swallow the gum whilst dozing off at the back of class.