Finding humane alternatives to biology class dissections.
Mon, Apr 20 2009 at 2:00 PM
I will never forget Freshman Biology class. It's not because the material was particularly riveting or because I was eager to embark upon my career as a scientist. No, it was because of the frogs. The dead frogs, that is.
Like most biology courses around the country, mine required students to dissect animals in the name of scientific research. And while I do understand the principle behind the curriculum, my own principles questioned the need to "euthanize" so many small animals in order to understand them more clearly.
I'm lucky. My school was hippy-dippy enough that I was allowed skip the dissection and learn what I needed from a book. Fortunately, students today have a lot more choices when it comes to dissection alternatives.
For starters, about 15 states have laws on the books requiring schools to offer humane alternatives to dissection at a student's request. Is your's one? Check here
You might even be able to suggest doing a virtual dissection on Frog Dissection Lab
or ask your school if they would consider purchasing a school-wide virtual dissection model such as one from Froguts
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