A UK high school has banned kids from drinking water in class, claiming it distracts from learning.
Teachers at Garstang Community Academy in northwest England complained pupils were wasting time “messing about” with water bottles, reports The Sun.
The students aren’t happy!
One student at the school said, “Research shows that regular consumption of water improves focus and aids studying. “Surely this would be seen as beneficial in a place of education?”
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They have protested by scrawling the word “water” on an outside wall and “water is bad” on a nearby pedestrian crossing.
Another said the rule attacks a “basic human right” to consume water.
“The head teacher stated the ban is due to ‘unnecessary distractions’,” they added. “It has caused much more of a distraction with students and teachers discussing their views on the subject rather than teaching and learning.”
Principal Alasdair Ashcroft stood by his decision.
“During last year’s very hot spell our students were allowed to have their bottles of water out in lessons to ensure they were cool and hydrated,” he said.
“This practice continued after the hot weather.
“Unfortunately the presence of drinks on tables is compromising their learning in lessons.
“As a result, students have been asked to keep their water bottles in their bags and to take opportunities between lessons to rehydrate if they need to.”
Surely that is not allowed! What do you think of this decision?
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