Michigan Adopts New Policy for Students to Opt-Out of Dissection
Recognition grows for importance of allowing students a choice
The Michigan State Board of Education has adopted a new student policy recognizing the fact that a growing number of students object to participating in dissection due to moral, ethical, religious and other reasons. The Board issued a policy that urges school districts to establish a written policy on options available to students who choose not to dissect.
In addition, this policy instructs teachers to provide suitable alternative projects that do not entail participation in or observation of the dissection process. At the same time, it prohibits discrimination against any student who chooses to opt out of animal dissection and gives them recourse if their own teacher does not give consideration to their request.
Congratulations to the Michigan Board of Education for recognizing that it is in the best interests of students to adopt a statewide policy allowing the use of non-animal alternatives in science education!
Do you live in a state that still punishes K-12 students who choose not to participate in animal dissection or vivisection? If you don’t live in a state that has a student choice law or policy, contact your state legislators and ask them to sponsor legislation to ensure that students have a fair choice at a humane education! Send them a model law that includes important elements in a student choice bill.