Dissection Alternatives Victory
Animal dissection has been disappearing from our nation’s classrooms. Now the National Science Teachers Association, the largest science education association in the world, has announced a revision to its position in support of humane alternatives to dissection in classrooms.
The new National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) policy acknowledges the advances and continued improvements in nonanimal learning methods and supports student dissection choice in all science classrooms. It also establishes the principle that science teachers should be knowledgeable about alternative learning methods and use them when appropriate. NSTA’s position revision is the first acknowledgement by a U.S. policymaking science education body that nonanimal methods are suitable to replace animal dissection. Although the policy is favorable for nonanimal methods, it stopped short of criticizing dissection.
Schools often base their science curriculum content on guidelines from both NSTA and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), so PCRM is now seeking similar policy changes from NABT. PCRM is urging NABT to revise its policy on dissection alternatives to support nonanimal learning methods as equivalent or superior to traditional animal dissections for primary and secondary science education.
To learn more about dissection alternatives, please visit DissectionAlternatives.org.
PCRM Seeks Nominees for Dissection Alternatives Award
Students or teachers who have promoted humane, nonanimal alternatives to dissection may be eligible to receive a $1,000 cash award in PCRM’s first dissection alternatives contest. In addition, PCRM will present $1,000 to each winner’s school.
PCRM is seeking students and teachers at primary and secondary schools for the 2009 Cut Above Awards for Dissection Alternatives.
To apply online, go to DissectionAlternatives.org. Self-nominations are welcomed. The application deadline is December 1, 2008.