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Dissecting Virtual Dissection

The National Association of Biology Teachers officially says that "There is no suitable alternative to the real dissection of animals and that dissection is essential to the understanding of life on earth." So what about all those students who oppose dissection for religious or moral reasons? Do they have to take a lower grade? Find out more about the alternatives to dissection and why more peeps are refusing to dissect.

What Is Virtual Dissection?

Virtual dissection is typically done on a computer, either online or through a computer program - but that's not the only way it can be done. There are tons of resources available for peeps interested in anatomy but who aren't comfortable dissecting real animals. There are worksheets you can do, videos you can watch and even full-scale, life-like models that piece together to show you exactly where the various animal parts go. The best part about virtual dissection tools is that they are all reusable. The anatomy of an animal isn't going to change, so the same models, videos and online activities can be used by a school for years to come.

What's Wrong with Real Dissection?

Many people believe there is nothing wrong with real dissection and that it is an important component of science class and many students enjoy dissection. However, there are reasons why dissection has caused such a stir in schools - other than it being kind of gross.

  • Between three to six million frogs are bred and killed each year for the purpose of dissection.
  • Just 12 Bullfrogs can cost $182. Times that by every Biology class in your school each year and you have one costly science experiment.
  • Frogs aren't the only animals used for Biology class - fetal pigs, cow's eyes and even cats are part of some curriculums.

Does Everyone Have to Dissect?

At most schools in North America, dissection is part of the science curriculum but some teachers have alternate assignments for kids who opt out. Ten American states have specific "dissection choice" laws in place that allows students to choose not to dissect - New York, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Illinois, Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Other states may have school board policies that regulate dissection choice. These laws allow students to participate in alternatives to dissection.

In Australia, teachers have the choice to include dissection in their lessons but it is not something that must be taught. And in other countries, like Argentina, dissection is banned in all schools. Other countries, like Poland, Holland, Switzerland and Israel, do not teach dissection until university. This doesn't mean they no longer study biology in these countries - they've just found alternatives to real dissection.

  • If you would like to try your hand at virtual dissection, check out the virtual dissection activities on www.froguts.com.

Planning Your Next Move

If you know that your science class will be dissecting this year and you want to opt out, it's best to act sooner rather than later. Tell your parents why you don't want to dissect and ask for their support for your decision. You'll probably want to find out what state laws and/or school board policies apply to you before talking to your teacher. When you do talk to your teacher about dissection, try to be calm, friendly and reasonable. You'll want to make it clear that your more than willing to do extra work to prove that you're not opting out of dissecting just so that you can slack. If your teacher isn't sympathetic to your cause, you may want to get your parents to come in with you to talk to the teacher or a principal. Good luck!

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What Do You Think of Virtual Dissection?

  • I think it's a great alternative to real dissection.
  • I think it's dumb - I'd rather dissect for real.
  • I'm not sure.
  • I don't think we should have to take science at all!

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ThatRandomChick719
(Oops I forgot to censor something earlier. Sorry KW) Section Seven Yoshiki Kishinuma was beyond panicked. He had to tell himself not to scream. He heard the clapping. But... Only two. Something happened to Morishige. He wouldn't mess around at a time like this. "Crap crap crap! MORISHIGE! Where are you?!" Before he could come to his senses, he felt someone tap his shoulder. "There you are, Kishinuma-kun!! Have you seen Suzume?" "H-huh?! Shinohara?" "Mhm! Seiko Shinohara, at your service!" "...What are you going on about? Did Suzumoto come with you...?" "Yeah! She told me Morishige-kun went to look for you. She was worried, and I decided to help her look for you two. So... Where is he?" "...That's what I want to know. Shinohara... Something happened to him." "...H-huh?!" "He was signaling me... But he didn't finish. He was supposed to clap three times, but he only clapped twice." Shinohara's eyes went wide. This couldn't be happening. Morishige, the loner... "...Well, where did he go?!" "Hmm... Over there. Near that trailer." "Let's go, Kishinuma!" "Right." He began to walk in the direction of the trailer. He made sure he was cautious and didn't make a lot of noise. Shinohara followed suit. They made it there after some time passed, and they noticed an insane looking guy standing around. He was tall, wearing black, and holding a bloody knife. "Su... Zu... Mo... To..." His tone then became a sing song. "You're going to regret going in there! Hehehehehehehe." Kishinuma approached the thug and punched him without hesitation. "What... Did you... Just say?!" "Ohoho! It's you! The guy that failed to protect his girlfriend! Yoshiki Kishinuma, right?" "...Shinozaki is not my girlfriend! Where are they? Her. Morishige. And Suzumoto. TELL ME!" "You won't like it. But you can go inside and look for yourself. Heheh... Please, do. I would love to see the look on your face! HAHAHAHAHA!" "...Kizami... What is wrong with you?!" Whatever, that didn't matter. He ignored whatever response Kizami gave and opened a window, and climbed inside. Shinohara was too torn as to what to do, so she stayed behind and ran off. He didn't blame her, though. It was freaky. And at this point... He could handle it on his own. "SHINOZAKI!!! MORISHIGE!!! SUZUMOTO!!!" No response. He decided to fire the big guns. "AYUMI 'CLASS REP' SHINOZAKI! SAKUTARO 'SHIG' MORISHIGE! MAYU 'SUZUME' SUZUMOTO! WHERE ARE YOU, DANG IT?!" He lost all composure and fell to his knees. They were nowhere to be seen... He cried. A lot. "Aww, come on! Don't leave me! That's not cool...!" As he continued wailing protests, he heard a familiar voice scream out. A male. "Kishinuma!!! Where are you...?! AND DON'T CALL ME SAKUTARO OR SHIG! I WILL GET YOU... Ugh..." Ah, Morishige. Kishinuma didn't even care that he was butt hurt. He was relieved to hear his voice. "I'm in this creepy trailer...! Wait! I'll follow the direction of your voice. Just hold on!" "No... Don't...!" Kishinuma didn't listen. He followed Morishige's voice until he reached a dimly lit room. This must be where the light was coming from... On closer inspection, he saw the three people he was looking for. Ayumi was laying across a table, and her eyes were open in horror. Morishige was stuck to a wall. He had cuffs on his wrists and ankles. Suzumoto wasn't trapped, just trying to free him. "Suzumoto! Are you getting it undone?!" "Yeah... Why don't you get the class rep?" Morishige protested. "Mayu, don't say that! Kishinuma... Don't do anything! Let me... Take care of it... Please..." "MORISHIGE! How... HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT?! That's the whole reason I came here! I WILL get her! Understand me?!" "...Kishinuma, I'm being serious! It's... For your own good!" "SHUT UP! I'm tired of your lies!" Morishige continued to protest, but Kishinuma ignored him. He walked over to Shinozaki, and noticed something. She had blood all over her uniform. She was paler than ever... And she didn't say anything. He bent down closer, and noticed she wasn't breathing. "...N-no..." Mayu finally freed Morishige, and they both watched him. "...WHAT DID THEY DO TO YOU... Shinozaki..." Mayu walked over to him. "...Why... Why don't we let Shig handle it?" "..." He didn't say anything else as he ran out of the trailer. He felt tears streaming down his face. Mayu followed him, and it didn't take long for Morishige to retrieve the body and catch up with them.
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