posted on Jun, 21 2014 @ 06:04 AM
a reply to: Moresby
Hi Moresby, I am a high school biology teacher in the UK. I don't know which country you live in but here the answer is no..... not exactly,
As a biology teacher I have the freedom to do this with a class if I choose to but we generally don't. The reasons are partly those you have
mentioned above (squeamishness and silly behaviour), and also because the learning we get out of dissecting a frog is usually too vast for a single
lesson period - fascinating and interesting as it might be. Sadly our curriculum pushes us on time and content to get the course complete and frog
dissections simply take up too much time.
We have done frog dissections as an out-of-lesson-time science club activity where the syllabus is not considered but rather the experience, and of
course the attendees are there voluntarily, not because they have to be.
We do however use proper lesson time to do dissections of chicken legs - just the legs - to show tissues (skin, bone, muscles, tendons, sinew, joint
mobility) and also hearts (usually lamb / sheep heart to accommodate most religious sensibilities) to show the heart anatomy.
I love doing these lessons because the reaction of the pupils is so interesting. Some really are squeamish (and then go home and eat chicken for
but most are absolutely fascinated. I always get the ones I expect to be squeamish who surprise me by getting their hands right in
there, and the converse too - the ones who have begged and nagged for the 'dissection lesson and then cannot cope.
As a teacher I have to ensure that I have back up work for those who simply cannot cope - they are usually sent to a different classroom to do written
work or other research.
Hope that answers your question (at least for UK schools)
edit on 21-6-2014 by Mura44 because: punctuation
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