A Florida middle school recieved national media attention after a teacher reportedly bullied and taunted a student for refusing to dissect a frog during science class. This thirteen-year-old student was protected under Florida's Choice-In-Dissection law, allowing her to opt of dissection with a parent's permission. The Florida State Board of Education is now investigating the incident.
Hopefully the school board will determine the appropriate disciplinary measures for the teacher, but the school should now take the opportunity to become a model of humane dissection. Following the incident, PETA offered to buy the school a set of virtual dissection kits.
Not only do students reportedly learn better from virtual dissection programs, but these applications also protect animals and the environment. Frogs are the most commonly dissected animal, and millions of frogs are captured from the wild every year for use in classrooms. Frog population decline is due in part to the widespread use of frogs in classroom dissection.
Sign the petition to tell the Florida Collier County School Board to switch to humane dissection alternatives.
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I am writing to ask you to take measures to ensure that this type of incident does not occur again. Your school district has received national media attention, and now has the opportunity to turn this incident into a positive one, by becoming a model for humane dissection.
Students should learn how to be environmentally responsible in science classrooms. Frogs are the most commonly dissected animal, and millions of frogs are captured from the wild every year for use in classrooms. Frog population decline is due in part to the widespread use of frogs in classroom dissection.
There are many humane alternatives to dissection, including an award-winning virtual frog dissection application for the Apple iPhone and iPad. Studies have found that students who learned biology through virtual dissection alternatives scored higher on tests than students who learned from traditional dissection. PETA has offered to buy these virtual dissection kits for the North Naples Middle School, and the school should accept PETA's offer.
Please consider replacing frog dissection with humane dissection alternatives in your school district.