Should eating be allowed in classrooms?no

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I agree. Most of the time eating in the classroom is a bad idea. It tends to attract bugs and add to the dirt and grime of the room. The smell might not be distracting during that particular class, but a trash can full of food waste is a very distracting smell after it has been in hot classroom all day. I did allow my students to serve lunch detention in my room, but that was not during class time. I also insisted that they return to the cafeteria to discard their trays and such rather than the classroom trash can. I did have a few students who had to eat in class for various medical reason, but they were usually very discreet about it. I really hated my first classroom that the type of desks that students could hide food in. I won't describe the disgusting mess I often found inside those desks. Even at the collegiate level, I think food in the classroom is a bad idea. It only serves as a distraction.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In general, I do not believe that eating should be allowed in classrooms (during class).  There are a number of reasons for this.  Included in those reasons are:

  • It can be a distraction to other students.  The smell of the food might distract those that are hungry.  Alternately, it might disturb/disgust those who don't like the food being eaten.
  • It can be messy.  Students who are eating in class might spill the food on their books or on the floor.  This could cause problems for the school (destroyed books, need for clean up) and could disrupt the class.
larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am opposed to students eating in class. It is a distraction not only for the student who is eating but for others in the class who can't help but notice it. I insist that my students remain 100% engaged in the lesson for the brief time they are with me; if they are 100% engaged, then they don't have time for anything else. I can live with water or something similar, particularly if the student has a medical condition of which I have been made aware. Otherwise, food and drink are not only messy, they detract from the atmosphere and purpose of the class.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have many students whose lunchtimes are taken up with sports, and our lunchtime is officially only 45 mins long. I will allow them to eat outside the room as I have found undernourished or under-hydrated students care not able to work productively.

With my small senior class we have Cake-Day Friday through the winter. The students take turns to bake - not buy - a cake for the class. The cake is eaten after instruction. This exercise has helped to bond a very disparate group. What had been a very unproductive lesson is now energised discussion.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I have differing opinions on this because it depends on so many variables. The most significant for me is the mess. Spills and crumbs are inevitable. Spills that don't get cleaned up properly can cause serious accidents. In a classroom, spills can cause a lot of problems with papers and books around. The reason I would allow food (but not drinks other than water) is Maslow's Hierarchy of Need. If a child is hungry, he's not concentrating.
Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with my colleagues and can think of no advantages to allowing food in the classroom that would outweigh the disadvantages. Students have time before and after school, lunch, sometimes study halls or other free periods, and even between classes to alleviate their hunger. There are enough natural distractions in the classroom; adding food is just not smart.

bigdreams1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I happen to be one of those who always allows clear liquids (water or white gatorade) and occasionally a snack or two in class.

We have 90 minute block class periods and our principal does not allow us to take the class to the fountains, so especially on hot days, I think it is good they stay hydrated.


lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would agree that in most cases eating should not be allowed in the classroom. It is a distraction to the teaching and learning process and as someone else mentioned usually results in a mess in the classroom. I do believe that students should be allowed to bring water bottles into the classroom though.

racso-the-enemy | Student

I get really hungry during class and i don't focus. None of my teachers let us have food. I always try to sneak in a snack. I have read many articles stating that students tend to focus more when they aren't hungry. so in my opinion, I thing we should allow student to have food in classes as long as they dont make a mess.