Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

íNo masticar chicle!

Posted Friday, August 21, 2015, at 11:05 AM
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  • From the bottom of school desks, I think we can see one big reason, but when I was growing up it was also considered poor etiquette to chew in a social environment like school.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 21, 2015, at 5:10 PM
  • The problem is, I think, more one of respect and etiquette. To chew your gum with your mouth closed is one thing, but to chew it with your mouth open while popping bubbles and twirling it with your finger, only to deposit it on the underside of your desk is another. If a child can chew it respectfully and without disturbing others or defacing property, gum can actually help with concentration issues and it can wake up a child who is having problems staying awake in class.

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Mon, Aug 24, 2015, at 4:06 PM
  • The reference to 'masticar chicle' is interesting. In grammar school, a teacher said that chewing gum is 'malleable chicle.'

    -- Posted by Bob Scruggs on Fri, Sep 18, 2015, at 10:53 AM
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