When students complain about being hungry, it can distract them and other students from their work, so there should should be a specific time that students are allowed to eat snacks either in or outside of the classroom.
Teachers and other faculty members believe that students should not eat inside a learning environment for multiple reasons. Those reasons are irrelevant when you think about a student not being able to learn because of hunger.
“I have no problem with kids eating as long as they clean up after themselves; however, I must enforce the rules of the school,” said Mr. McCabe.
Teachers do not want students eating in their classrooms due to an infestation of cockroaches; however, crumbs and food are usually dropped when a student is trying to sneakily eat food. So if a student did not have to sneak to eat, they would be less likely to drop something and/or leave it there.
Teachers also believe that students having food distracts the learning environment because of the other students attention are immediately drawn to them once they hear wrappers. This is another effect of sneaking the food. When the classroom is quiet, kids are more vulnerable to hear a single bag of chips being opened opposed to everyone being able to eat.
“Sometimes I miss breakfast and it be so hard for me to focus in class when I’m hungry. If the school allowed students to eat in class, I think class productivity would increase,” said senior Alexis Ghoston.
Students’ situations are unknown outside of school and no student wants to be singled out for not having food at home. There are students who cannot make it to breakfast everyday and have a hard time focusing in classes. So instead of singling students out, all students should be allowed a snack per class.