GENERATIONS of schoolchildren have been forbidden to eat or drink in class. Now one health authority is recommending that pupils should chew gum, suck sweets or have a milkshake to help them concentrate.
If that doesn’t work, says NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, they could try lying in a ball pool, playing with a ‘fidget toy’ or retreating to a ‘safe space’. It claims research shows that the more senses are used during learning, the better the child will recall information.
Asked to comment by the Mail on Sunday, TCW’s education expert Chris McGovern said the policy ‘couldn’t be more wrong’. He added: ‘We need children to be resilient, to stand on their own two feet, to toughen up. Educationally, this is killing them with kindness.’
Should lessons be a continuation of playtime? Discuss!