Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Singapore: Fidget spinner toys are the latest craze among primary and secondary school students. The gizmo, which is said to benefit those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving their focus, are also all the rage globally.
Recently, however, a number of schools – in Britain, for instance –announced a ban on these toys, which educators said were a distraction to learning in the classroom, while others noted that they could cause harm or be used as weapons.
In the United States, a mother took to Facebook last week to warn about the toy posing a choking hazard, after her 10-year-old daughter swallowed a part of it. A fidget spinner has between 2 and 5 prongs, which can spin freely around a bearing when placed on one’s finger.
In Singapore, some teachers do not allow the toy in their classrooms. A teacher from a primary school, who declined to be named, said that pupils who do not have ADHD are occasionally found playing with the toys during class.
“It can be quite distracting and causes a disturbance to the other pupils around them,” he said.
He has stopped allowing his pupils to play with the toys for the past two weeks ago. Another primary school teacher, who also declined to be named, said he had warned that he would confiscate the toys if pupils take them out to play during lessons.
“I am concerned that pupils will hurt themselves accidentally,” he said.
The Ministry of Education (MOE), when asked if it was planning to ban these toys, would only say that schools have the flexibility to decide. But it noted that any intervention methods that schools use to help students concentrate in the classroom should not be done at the expense of others’ learning.
“In evaluating the use of specific devices or gadgets to address a learning or attention issue, schools should consider factors such as whether there is clear evidence that the gadgets effectively support learning, and the impact of such use on other students in the same classroom,” MOE said.
Experts believe that, in some ways, such toys can be beneficial for both children with ADHD and those without, giving them an outlet for their hyperactive energy.
Source by: Internet