New Hampshire Adopts Progressive Student Choice Policy
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The New Hampshire Department of Education has adopted a new student policy that guarantees students in grades K-12 the right to choose not to participate in dissection as a classroom assignment. The Department of Education’s policy is a model for student choice, incorporating important elements that are missing from many state laws:
New Hampshire students will now have:
- the right to choose not to participate in an animal dissection for any reason at all;
- the right to make this decision without having their grade be affected by choosing to use an alternative;
- the right to be provided with an alternative activity to teach relevant material;
- the right to have their teachers consider the use of appropriate and comparable learning material from a current list of approved alternative activities;
- and the right to be notified—in advance—of the teacher’s intention to engage in a dissection or vivisection activity and the availability of alternatives for students who do not want to participate in an activity that harms animals.
Congratulations to the New Hampshire Department of Education for recognizing that it is in the best interests of students to adopt a progressive policy allowing the use of non-animal alternatives in science education!
Do you live in a state that still requires students in grades K-12 to participate in animal dissection or vivisection or face negative consequences? If you live in one of these states, 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.